Can I get admitted with only Duolingo score?

Asked by Srinija almost 2 years ago

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Faisal Mohdd

Faisal Mohdd

MentR-Me Team

Country Expert : Germany

Yes, ofcourse. Many schools are now adopting Duolingo online exams as an alternative to IELTS and TOEFL due to the epidemic since these examinations are not available in many regions.


The Duolingo test is a computer-based English proficiency examination considered at par with Cambridge English Exams, PTE and TOEFL. It is simple to conduct and is affordable for students seeking admission abroad. 


The primary advantage of this test is students can take it from anywhere and it has a duration of just an hour. Results are available within the next two days. Due to such convenience, more than 3,000 institutions globally recognize the DET test scores for English proficiency.


1,326 universities in the USA accept Duolingo test scores for enrolling students. Some of these reputed institutions are listed below– 


Yale University - minimum score 120

Harvard University - minimum score 125

Cornell University - minimum score 120  

NYU Stern School of Business - minimum score 120  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - minimum score 120 

University of California Berkeley - minimum score 115

University of Pennsylvania - minimum score 120 

Johns Hopkins University - minimum score 120

You need to check the universities accepting the Duolingo score as well as catering to your choice of course. 


If you need any help with the same, just let me know what course do you wish to pursue and also if you have any country preferences. I shall then help you with suitable information. 

Neema Nigam

Neema Nigam

Sr. Consultant

The acceptance of Duolingo English Test scores for university admissions has become increasingly common. Many institutions now view it as a valid alternative to more traditional tests like TOEFL and IELTS, due to its accessibility and the comprehensive skills assessment it offers. To determine if your Duolingo score alone is sufficient, you should first review the specific language requirements of the universities you are applying to. Most universities list the accepted tests and the minimum score requirements on their official websites. 

In general, a high score on the Duolingo test can indeed meet the language proficiency needs for many programs, but it’s also important to consider the overall strength of your application. This includes your academic records, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and extracurricular involvements. Some competitive programs might still prefer TOEFL or IELTS due to longstanding familiarity, so it’s advantageous to reach out to the admissions offices for clarity. Additionally, ensure your Duolingo test score aligns with or exceeds the minimum threshold suggested by the institution for a stronger application. 





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