HOW TO PREPARE FOR DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST


HOW TO PREPARE FOR DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST


In this article, I am trying to cover the important things you should know about the Duolingo English Test along with the different types of questions. Along with this, I will also try to cover the Duolingo test preparation methods.

First of all, let us discuss the important aspects of this test. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF DUOLINGO ENGLISH TESTS 

  • The main highlight of the Duolingo test is that it can be taken from home, and it lasts for a very short duration of 60 minutes. 
  • There are no separate sections for reading, writing, listening and speaking. The questions are presented in random order. 
  • Most of the questions are based on writing and speaking. Very few questions are there specifically for reading and listening. 
  • The test lasts for a short duration of around 60 minutes in which 45 minutes goes to the actual test and 15 minutes goes for the unscored interview section. 
  • Results are declared within 48 hours from the day of the test. 
  • This test has an adaptability feature wherein questions become easy or harder based on your answering capabilities. 
  • Candidates cannot go back to the attempted question again even if some time is left with them. 
  • Candidates will not have time added up to the next section even when some time left with them as each question has its own time-independent to others. 
  • The Duolingo’s website has one practice test which, however, do not have all types of questions that comes in the actual exam. 
  • As on today, there are only a few institutes which accept this test; a list of which can be checked from the official Duolingo’s website. 

Now let us discuss some of the important rules for taking this test.

RULES FOR TAKING THE DUOLINGO TEST. 

  • A government ID, preferably a Passport, is required to book the exam. 
  • Headphones are not allowed, and the test has to be taken with the inbuilt speakers and mic of computer or laptop. 
  • Only the test-takers should be present in the room as no other person in the room is allowed. 
  • Test-takers cannot make any note or they cannot keep a notepad with them during the test. 
  • Test takers have to keep looking at the screen as looking off the screen may void the test. 

Now coming to the most important thing: the question types and how to prepare for them. 

Following are the question types that test-takers may encounter in the exam. 

The important thing to know here is that there, not many websites available for Duolingo’s test preparation. However, the questions of this test matches with PTE and IELTS exams. I am trying to mention the related exam and section i.e. IELTS and PTE with each question type matches that may help you to practice such questions from those sections. 

Question type 1. 

Select the real English words from a list displayed on the screen. 

In this question, some words will be displayed on the screen. Test-takers have to tick the right words which seem correct in terms of spelling and are a genuine English language word. 

Things to note here: 

1. Check the spellings. It can be tricky especially when you are running against the clock. 

2. Some no-sense words will be displayed with no literal meaning. Try not to fall for these. 

Try to choose only those for which you are confident and sure to avoid low scores. 

This question is exclusive to the Duolingo test. To practice this try to learn vocabulary words as many as possible. Good things here is that the words displayed are not a very difficult one. 


Question type 2. 

Select the real English words from audio played 

Some list like word1, word 2 and so on will be displayed on the computer screen with the speaker icon against each word. Press each speaker once and check if it is a real English word. If yes, then only click, otherwise skip. 

Things to note here: 

1. Time is too short. Try to listen as quickly as possible. 

2. (approx. 9 -10 words) per task. 

This question is again exclusive to the Duolingo test. To practice this try to learn vocabulary words as many as possible. 


Question type 3. 

Complete or fill the missing letters from the words in a passage 

In this question, a passage will be displayed with some words having incomplete letters in them. Candidates are required to fill all the missing letters from their understanding of the context. 

Things to note here: 

1. Complete word will not be missing; only a few letters from some words will be missing. 

This question is quite similar to PTE-Listening Fill in the blanks. The only difference is that in PTE entire word is missing and candidates are required to write them after listening to the audio played. Here, no audio will be played since the complete words are not missing. But for the practice of the spellings, the mentioned PTE question type can be helpful. 

A good PTE website for practice is www.realpte.com


Question type 4. 

Describe an image by speaking 

In this question, an image which may comprise of any living or non-living thing will be displayed and candidates are required to speak a few sentences on that to describe it. 

Things to note here: 

1. Time is sufficient and may vary from one to three minutes 

2. Try to speak clearly and make complex sentences. 

This question is quite similar to the earlier described PTE Speaking – Describe image section. You may practice some random images from the PTE practice websites. Note: in PTE you may see a lot of graphs and tables but few random images of living and non-living things. Try to find those for your practice. 


Question type 5. 

Describe an image in writing. 

In this question, an image which may comprise of any living or non-living thing will be displayed and candidates are required to write a few sentences to describe that. 

Things to note here: 

1. Try to write two-three complex sentences to describe. 

2. Time allotted is generally in the range of one-two minutes. 

This question is quite similar to the earlier described PTE Speaking – Describe image section. The only difference here is that in this question candidates need to write instead of speaking. 


Question type 6. 

Describe an image quickly by speaking 

An image again may be of anything, will be shown on the screen. Candidates are required to speak on that image in a short sentence. 

Things to note here: 

1. A random image will be displayed and describe in a few words 

2. You have only three seconds so try to speak only 3-4 words per image. 

Not much practice material is available for this question. Try to see and speak a sentence on anything you see for practice purpose. 


Question type 7. 

Write a sentence from the audio played 

In this question, audio for a sentence will be played and test-takers need to write that sentence. 

Things to note here: 

1. You can re-listen to the audio to a maximum of three times. 

2. Try to write a grammatically correct sentence with proper punctuation, if possible. 

For the practice of this question, you may check the PTE Listening-Write from Dictation. I am sure it will help you a lot in preparation for this question. 


Question type 8. 

Read a sentence displayed on the screen 

In this question, the candidates are required to read or speak a sentence displayed on the screen. 

Things to note here: 

1. Not much time for preparation. Quickly scan and read 

2. Try to speak with correct pronunciation with proper intonation. 

For the practice of this question, you may check the PTE Speaking- Read Aloud. This question is absolutely similar to PTE question with the only difference here is that in Duolingo the time provided for preparation is little less as compared to PTE. 


Question type 9. 

Answer a written question by speaking 

In this question, some short questions will be displayed on a single topic. Test-takers need to speak on those questions for some time. 

Things to note here: 

1. 20 seconds preparation time will be given 

2. Need to speak for at least 30 seconds and may extend to 2 minutes. 

For the practice of this question, IELTS cue card is absolutely similar. But here preparation time is a little less than IELTS. Try to google IELTS Cue Cards for practice on this section. 


Question type 10. 

Answer a spoken question 

In this question, some short questions will be played on the speakers. Test-takers need to speak on those questions for some time. 

This question is quite similar to IELTS follow-up or Part 3 questions. Again you may ask your friend to ask questions for you. Try searching IELTS follow-up questions on the internet for practising these questions. 


Question type 11. 

Respond in writing to a written question 

This question is quite similar to IELTS cue card; however, here the response is required to be submitted in written form. 

Things to note here: 

1. A question will be displayed. 

2. Candidates are given 5 minutes to respond. 

3. Write one paragraph 

4. Recommended word count 50-70. 



FINAL SECTION: VIDEO INTERVIEW 

This part is comprised of two sections: speaking and writing 

Please note that this part is not graded. 

It is given to the universities for record purposes. 

Two options are given in both the sections: you may choose from anyone 

In writing, 3-5 minutes are given to submit your response 

In speaking, candidates should speak about 1-3 minutes on the topic. 

Again, these questions are much like IELTS cue card. 


Finally, one more important thing to be noted for this test is that it does not give scores for individual modules like IELTS, but it just gives a cumulative score or overall score. 

Before appearing for this test, please check the acceptance of this test with the institute in which you want to apply.

That's it for the Duolingo test. 

I hope the above article will be helpful in your preparation for the Duolingo test. 

Good luck! 







































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