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Introduction to Duolingo

What is the Duolingo English Test?

Duolingo is an online English test taken via a computer and camera. Students are evaluated on the main four criteria of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The Duolingo test can be taken from your home, is affordable and takes only one hour to complete in a single sitting. This is in contrast to much longer English tests for international students elsewhere.

Duolingo Exam Format

The Duolingo exam is an adaptive test which means that it keeps on getting more difficult as more correct answers are supplied.

- Adaptive Test

For the first 45 minutes, test measures include:

- Video and Writing

The final part of the exam requires candidates to discuss one of two topics in a video interview, followed by a writing exam of the same format. Candidates will have 1-3 minutes to complete the video section, and 3-5 minutes to complete the writing test.

Duolingo Test Results

Students will receive their Duolingo test result within 48 hours of taking the exam.

UK Universities that Accept Duolingo

Over 60 UK universities currently accept the Duolingo test, including University College London, University of Bristol and University of Edinburgh.

What is a Good Duolingo Score?

A Duolingo score of 120 is equivalent to a score of 7.0 in IELTS, which would secure entry to almost all UK universities in the UK. A full Duolingo and IELTS conversion table can be found below.

Duolingo Score IELTS Score
155-160 9
145-150 8.5
135-140 8
125-130 7.5
115-120 7
105-110 6.5
95-100 6
85-90 5.5
75-80 5
65-70 4.5
55-60 4
45-50 3.5
30-40 3
20-25 2.5
15 2
10 1.5


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