The Duolingo English Test was in 2016 but became much more popular in 2020 because of the restrictions imposed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Many traditional tests such as IELTS or FCE require students to attend official testing centres and have direct face-to-face interviews with assessors, while the Duolingo English Test can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Most English tests require students to do a variety of exercises to evaluate how their written English, spoken English and reading comprehension and in this respect, the Duolingo English Test is no different. What is different is how these aspects of language are tested.
In the Duolingo English Test, participants have just under one hour to complete a battery of very short questions, with some being as short as 20 seconds long!
In total, there are 10 different types of questions in the Duolingo English test.
|Question Type||Description||Time||Frequency of Appearance|
|Read & Complete||Complete missing words in a text, only the first letter or letters are given.||3 minutes||3-7 times, 6 times on average|
|Read & Select||Select from a list which words are real English words.||1 minute||3-7 times, 6 times on average|
|Listen & Select||Select from a list of audio examples which words are real English words.||1 minute 30 seconds||3-7 times, 6 times on average|
|Listen & Type||Listen to a short sentence and type it into a box.||1 minute||3-7 times, 6 times on average|
|Read Aloud||Record yourself reading a sentence.||20 seconds||3-7 times, 6 times on average|
|Write about the Photo||Describe in writing what is happening in a photograph.||1 minute||3 times|
|Speak about the Photo||Record and oral description of what is happening in a photograph.||30 seconds minimum, 1 minute 30 seconds maximum||1 (just appears once)|
|Read, the Write||Write a long answer about one of two provided topics.||5 minutes||1 (just appears once)|
|Read, then Speak||Record an oral monologue about a given topic.||30 seconds minimum, 1 minute 30 seconds maximum||2 times|
|Listen, then Speak||Record an oral monologue about a topic which is given as a recording of a spoken sentence..||30 seconds minimum, 1 minute 30 seconds maximum||1 (just appears once)|
Students can take the test using any computer with a microphone and camera which is connected to the internet. The student must be visible on camera during the whole test. Students are required to speak and record some of their answers.
The Duolingo English Test is 100% evaluated by artificial intelligence (AI). No humans are directly involved in evaluating or marking questions. Many students do not like the idea, but Duolingo have produced some convincing data that shows that the results of their tests are comparable with those of much more established, lengthy and expensive assessments based on human interaction.
Check that you know how the Duolingo English Test works with this quick quiz. You can find all the answers in the material above.
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