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Duolingo English Test Success – Complete Course for 120+

Get your best Duolingo English Test score as quickly and easily as possible. Complete preparation course for the DET.
Instructor:
Josh MacPherson
1,700 students enrolled
English [Auto]
How to improve your DET score by 10+ points
How to score your own speaking and writing responses
How to build vocabulary skills for all DET questions
How to boost your speaking confidence with templates
How to compose high-scoring writing responses
How to calm your nerves and feel more confident on test day!

***Updated June 20th, 2022.***

Looking for a clear, quick, and complete guide to the Duolingo English Test?

You found it.

The Emergency Course for the Duolingo English Test has been designed to provide a quick and complete guide to the test. By the end of the course, you will learn the most important tips, tricks, and strategies you need to score high on test day.

Most importantly, after completing this Duolingo English Test course you will enter the exam feeling comfortable and confident. You will know exactly how to answer each question type, which will make you feel more comfortable and confident on test day.

Once you enroll, you will gain access to:

  • 1 complete Duolingo English practice test
  • DET Course study schedule
  • Nationality and Pronunciation Guide (e-book)
  • Speaking and Writing Grading rubrics
  • Essential Word Parts for the DET (e-book)
  • …and over 6 hours of expert advice from a DET teacher

This course is a perfect fit for you if you are new to the Duolingo English Test, or you are an experienced DET test-taker. You will learn tips and tricks you can not find anywhere else.

There are two types of test-takers, those who get their score and those who do not. The ones that fail to reach their goal always regret their lack of preparation. Enroll in this Emergency Course for the Duolingo English Test today and go in on test day without any regrets.

Introduction to the Course

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Emergency Course for the Duolingo English Test: What to Expect

In this short introduction to the Emergency Course for the Duolingo English test, you are going to learn about the course and what you can expect to accomplish by the end. We are going to achieve great things together!

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Updates to the Duolingo English Test ( June 2022)

In early April 2022, the team at Duolingo announced a few important changes to the Duolingo English test: The first, and most important, is that there is a new section of the test called Interactive Reading. The second change is that there is a reduction in the number of certain question types, more particularly Read and Complete, Read and Select, Listen and Select, Listen and Type, and Read Aloud. Finally, the Writing Sample was once an unscored question, but now it contributes to your overall score.

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How to Set Up Your Study Schedule

One of the hardest parts of starting something new is figuring out how it will fit in your daily schedule, which is why I have done it for you. Download the accompanying PDF and decide whether you want to finish the course in two days, one week, two weeks, or four weeks.

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The Duolingo English Test Explained in 5 Minutes

This course is about six hours long, but watch this 5-minute video for an overview of the test and all of the question types included. It will help you gain a better picture of how the DET will look and feel on test day.

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How to Take the DET Practice Test

A PDF version of the test is included in the course, but there are multiple question types that require technology only available on a computer. Learn about the difference between the two test formats in this short lecture.

Question Type 1: Read and Complete

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Read and Complete Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Read and Complete Question type. You can expect six of these questions on test day and they are adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Read and Complete questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to practice at home. Oh, you can also learn my big, secret tip for this particular question type.

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Read and Complete Questions: Advanced Strategies

Read and Complete questions require you to know a lot of vocabulary. However, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help you answer all of the questions, even if you do not understand 100% of the text.

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Subject Juggling for Read and Complete Questions

Every sentence in English has to have a subject, and you probably already knew that, but this small fact can benefit you greatly when trying to find the correct answer for Read and Complete questions. Find out how in this short lecture.

Question Type 2: Read and Select

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Read and Select Question Guide
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How to Improve Your Vocabulary for Read and Select Questions

Almost every student I talk to feels like they need to improve their vocabulary, but they do not know how. Not anymore. Watch this lecture, take notes, and learn exactly how to practice and improve your vocabulary while studying on your own.

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How to Make Fake Words for Read and Select Questions

Most students are not familiar with this question type before taking the Duolingo English Test. It is pretty simple, but sometimes confusing. One way to get used to this question type is to reverse engineer the process of making a fake word. This illuminating lecture will help you gain the knowledge you need to spot fake words and answer correctly on test day.

Question Type 3: Listen and Select

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Listen and Select Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Listen and Select Question type. You can expect six of these questions on test day and they are adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Listen and Select questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to practice at home.

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Pronunciation Guide for Listen and Select Questions

It is natural for there to be some words and sounds that are harder for you to hear than others. Every language has their own unique set of phonemes that are largely alien in other languages. This short and practical guide will help you identify the most common problematic sounds for individuals who speak the same first language and provide you with some exercises to improve your comprehension of these difficult sounds.

Question Type 4: Listen and Type

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Listen and Type Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Listen and Type Question type. You can expect six of these questions on test day and they are adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Listen and Type questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to practice at home.

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Eight Mistakes to Avoid for Listen and Type Questions

Listen and Type questions appear simple but are really tricky. The problem is that your mind has a way of filling in blanks and replacing words without any conscious effort. Discover the eight common mistakes most students make and learn how to avoid them on test day.

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Listen and Type Questions: How to Improve Your Listening

Some students just constantly struggle with Listen and Type questions. If this is the case for you, it might be a good idea to work on your overall listening skills. Check out my exclusive tips and exercises for independent students working on their listening at home.

Question Type 5: Read Aloud

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Read Aloud Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Read Aloud Question type. You can expect six of these questions on test day and they are adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Read Aloud questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to practice at home.

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Read Aloud Questions: How to Speak Clearly

Read Aloud questions will be the first opportunity you have to speak during the Duolingo English Test. You want to be sure that you articulate yourself in a loud, clear, and confident voice. Learn how to do this and more exclusive tips to ensure that you score high for this question type.

Question Type 6: Write About the Photo

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Write About the Photo Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Write About the Photo Question type. You can expect three of these questions on test day and they are not adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Write About the Photo questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to organize your response on test day.

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Write About the Photo Questions: How to Score Higher

This is the first question type where you will have to display your writing skills. While you only have to write a few sentences for this question type, what you write is extremely important. Learn a few exclusive tips and tricks designed to improve your score for Write About the Photo questions.

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Write About the Photo Questions: How to Prepare at Home

Studying on your own is, well, lonely. Most students rely on a teacher to give them feedback on their writing, but there are ways for you to check your writing at home without a teacher. Learn how in this exclusive lecture.

Question Type 7: Read, Then Write

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Read, Then Write Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Read, Then Write Question type. You can expect one of these questions on test day and it is not adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Read, Then Write questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to organize your response on test day.

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Read, Then Write Questions: Introduction

Read, then Write Questions are the closest thing to a formal essay on the Duolingo English Test. You have to write more here than you do for any written response on the entire exam, which is why it is important to start strong. Find out a few ways to start your response to Read, Then Write questions in this lecture all about your introduction.

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Read, Then Write Questions: The Body

You nailed your introduction and now it is time to move to the heart of your writing sample, the body. However, you might struggle to find ways to expand on your response and write more than 50 words. Find out how to structure your body and organize it in a way where you will have plenty to write on test day.

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Read, Then Write Questions: The Conclusion

I have to be honest, a conclusion isn’t necessary, but I believe it is a nice way to wrap up your response to Read, Then Write questions. If you want to learn how to write a good conclusion for this question type, find out how in this lecture.

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Read, Then Write Questions: How to Score Higher

This is where you will learn the good stuff, all my secret tips, tricks, and strategies to help you earn a better score on Read, Then Write questions. If you finished the other lectures about this question type and hunger to learn more, check it out.

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Read, Then Write Questions, How to Practice at Home

Just like with Write About the Photo questions, it is difficult to practice and check your writing without a teacher to provide you with more feedback. Watch this lecture to learn how to edit your essay and practice at home in a way where your writing will improve over time (even without a teacher).

Speak About the Photo Question Guide

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Speak About the Photo Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Speak About the Photo Question type. You can expect one of these questions on test day and it is not adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Speak About the Photo questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to organize your response on test day.

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Avoid these Eight Mistakes for Speak About the Photo Questions

It is actually quite difficult to speak about a random photo for at least 30 seconds. There is a famous expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” which is what makes this question so hard. There are a lot of different things you could say about a single image. I have seen students make a lot of mistakes when responding to this question type, but these eight are the most common. Be sure to check out this lecture and discover what to avoid when answering Speak About the Photo questions.

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Speak About the Photo: Secret Words and Phrases to Improve Your Score

The Duolingo English Test has an automated grading algorithm for speaking and writing responses. There are specific words, phrases, and sentences you should include in your response if you want to score high on test day. Learn more about the grading criteria and how to score well in this lecture.

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Speak About the Photo: Verb Tenses and Inferences You Need to Know

Grammar is a part of the grading criteria for all speaking and writing questions. While some students stress out over grammar, there are actually only a few simple rules to keep in mind to speak clearly, naturally, and error-free for Speak About the Photo questions. Find out how in this lecture.

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Speak About the Photo: How to Practice at Home

Just like writing, speaking is hard to practice at home on your own, which is why I have created grading rubrics and activities for students who do not have access to a teacher. Watch this lecture and learn how to practice speaking at home in a way designed to help improve on your speaking responses so you can score high on test day.

Question Type 9: Read, Then Speak

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Read, Then Speak Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Read, Then Speak Question type. You can expect one of these questions on test day and it is not adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Read, Then Speak questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to organize your response on test day.

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Read, Then Speak Questions: How to Expand Your Examples

Providing a personal example for your speaking responses is one of the best ways to expand on your answer and display a wide grammatical and lexical range but it is not easy. Many students may not be used to this style of response, which is why in this lecture you will learn how to come up with ideas and organize your examples in a way that will help you deliver a high-scoring response on test day.

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Read, Then Speak: How to Practice at Home

Just like writing, speaking is hard to practice at home on your own, which is why I have created grading rubrics and activities for students who do not have access to a teacher. Watch this lecture and learn how to practice speaking at home in a way designed to help improve on your speaking responses so you can score high on test day.

Question Type 10: Listen, Then Speak

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Listen, Then Speak Question Guide

This is the first in a series of lectures on the Listen, Then Speak Question type. You can expect two of these questions on test day and it is not adaptive. Watch this lecture to learn what Listen, Then Speak questions are, how they are scored, how you should answer these questions, and how to organize your response on test day.

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Listen, Then Speak: How to Practice at Home

Just like writing, speaking is hard to practice at home on your own, which is why I have created grading rubrics and activities for students who do not have access to a teacher. Watch this lecture and learn how to practice speaking at home in a way designed to help improve on your speaking responses so you can score high on test day.

Interactive Reading Section (NEW, June 2022)

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The Interactive Reading Section: Introduction

The team at Duolingo launched the Interactive Reading section in late March of 2022. This is the first of a series of lectures about this new test section. This video will provide a brief overview of the section and what to expect on test day.

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Interactive Reading, Complete the Sentence (vocabulary)

The Complete the Sentence question type is designed to judge your vocabulary level. Learn what the question looks like along with a few tips to help you find the answer quickly and easily on test day.

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Interactive Reading, Complete the Passage

The Complete the Passage question type is designed to judge your understanding of passage structure. Learn what the question looks like along with a few tips to help you find the answer quickly and easily on test day.

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Interactive Reading, Highlight the Answer

The Highlight the Answer question type is designed to judge whether or not you can find the answer to the question in the passage. Learn what the question looks like along with a few tips to help you find the answer quickly and easily on test day.

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Interactive Reading, Identify the Idea

The Identify the Idea question type is designed to judge how well you understood the main point of the text. Learn what the question looks like along with a few tips to help you find the answer quickly and easily on test day.

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Interactive Reading, Title the Passage

The Title the Passage question type is designed to judge whether or not you understood the main point of the text (just like Identify the Idea). Learn what the question looks like along with a few tips to help you find the answer quickly and easily on test day.

Speaking and Writing Samples

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Speaking Sample Question Guide

The Speaking Sample Question type is the first of two questions that are not graded for the Duolingo English Test. Even though it is ungraded, it is still important because administrators will see this response. Learn how to answer this question in a way that will impress anyone who sees it.

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Writing Sample Question Guide

The Writing Sample Question type is the second of two questions that are not graded for the Duolingo English Test. Even though it is ungraded, it is still important because administrators will see this response. Learn how to answer this question in a way that will impress anyone who sees it.

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You Finished the Course. What Now?

Congratulations, you finished the Emergency Course for the Duolingo English Test. Be proud of yourself, seriously. There are a million other things you could have done with your time so thank you for sharing it with me and I hope you found it helpful. You may still have questions, so watch this short video to find out where you can find out more and learn what to do if you fail to get the score you need.

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