NEW English Test Option for University Admissions!

NEW English Test Option for University Admissions!

Hi, my name is Brett. I’m in charge of international student admissions at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta. Disclaimer: I don’t work for Duolingo, but I did teach English in Korea and the U.S. for 10 years. I wanted to write about Duolingo’s new English test because I think it offers a fresh, new alternative to its predecessors. I hope this article helps with your college search journey. — Brett R.


Ask Yourself 3 Quick Questions: 

  1. Do English exams make you nervous? 
  2. Are they expensive to take and submit with multiple applications? 
  3. Do you dream of admission to a quality university abroad someday? 

Well, good news! There is a new kind of English test that is quickly gaining popularity and acceptance worldwide. It’s called the Duolingo English Test. Below, I’ll explain a few reasons why I like this test over its competitors. It’s really changing everything.  

Affordable and Fast

In some cultures, terms like affordable, low-cost, and economical can be associated with poor quality or lower status. However, that is not the case with the Duolingo English Test. Schools like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, and hundreds of other institutions accept its scores. 

So, if your goal is to obtain an officially recognized test of your English ability or to meet college admission requirements, why pay more or wait longer? 

Cost: US $49

TOEFL or IELTS fees are four times as much. Plus, you can send your Duolingo English Test results to as many schools as you wish. Other exams charge extra to submit score results to multiple schools.  

Results: In 48 hours

Why wait weeks to get results? Duolingo’s unique, adaptive, testing systems provide a clear, simple total score in approximately 2 days. Also, if you didn’t reach your target score, relax. The fast score turnaround gives you more time to prepare and try again. 

Convenient and Accessible 

Unlike other English exams, the Duolingo English Test is 100% web-based. Hey, no test centers! This convenience alone saves students time and money, especially if they would need to travel to distant test centers or stay overnight to take a TOEFL or IELTS exam. With the Duolingo English Test, you can register online and complete it at home in an hour. 

  • No test appointments
  • Available 24/7
  • Free practice tests
  • Uses a secure internet connection and your computer cam and microphone

Reliable, Secure, Accepted, User-Friendly 

Q:  Is it reliable?
Check out this research link. The data supports the reliability and validity of the test’s structure, adaptability, and correlation to both TOEFL and IELTS scores. The Duolingo English Test contains tens of thousands of randomized questions and prompts that adapt to your skill level based on difficulty and correct response. No two tests are the same. 

Q:  Is it secure? 

A:  YES. The Duolingo English Test uses very strict security techniques, artificial intelligence (AI), and remote monitoring to keep the test experience secure and reliable. The interface also requires a “browser lockdown” and records your computer’s camera, microphone, screen, and mouse movements. Results are carefully reviewed, so it’s secure! 

Q: Is it widely accepted? 

A: YES. 2000+ institutions worldwide and growing already accept the Duolingo English Test. There are famous, prestigious schools like Yale, Columbia, and UCLA along with hundreds of other high-quality regional and community colleges ready to accept your Duolingo English Test report. Score requirements vary by institution. For example, at the University of West Georgia, we can admit you with a score of 95, but prefer 100+.     

Q: What does it look like? 
A: See for yourself.
Take a free, 15 minute practice test. Personally, I find the test’s appearance clear, simple, and refreshing. High school and college students today expect a web experience that feels clean, natural, and friendly with no distractions. 

Here are a couple of screenshots of a typical speaking and grammar prompt. The number above the progress bar at the top indicates the time limit in minutes. 

In Summary

Why waste time and money on one of the most important tests you will take on your journey to a university abroad? In my opinion, the Duolingo English Test succeeds in meeting users where they are today: online, at home, safely and securely. It also does so at a fraction the cost of its “big brothers.” I believe this test product is already revolutionizing the global English-language testing industry. More importantly, it is also providing test access to well-qualified students who might not have been able to afford or reach a TOEFL or IELTS test center in the past. For these reasons, I highly recommend the Duolingo English Test.



About the Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is a product of whose mission is to make education accessible to all. Duolingo now has 300+ million users worldwide and offers app-based  instruction in 38 languages. For more information, visit:

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About the Writer

Brett Reichert, M.S., Florida State University, is a Fulbright Grantee to Belgium and former English Language Program Manager at Samsung HQ in Seoul, Korea. Today, he is director of international student admissions and programs at the University of West Georgia

About the University of West Georgia 

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is a traditional, public, comprehensive university 72km west of Atlanta, Georgia, in a charming, small community. With 13,500 students, a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, and state of the art facilities, UWG offers 90+ degree programs in eight colleges and schools as well as hosting the state of Georgia’s online learning platform, eCore.  For more information about UWG international admissions, visit:

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