For most people, the Duolingo English Test is the first high-stakes test they have taken from home, instead of in a test center. This new model of testing comes with different rules that help maintain the integrity of each test session.
Unfortunately, some test takers don’t receive their results on the first try—not because they are cheating, but because they unintentionally broke one of the rules. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your test is certified and you receive your results in 2 days.
👀 Stay focused on your screen
Since you are testing from the comfort of your home, each test is proctored to ensure that you're not getting help from an outside resource. Looking away from your computer could be an indication of this.
It’s natural to want to look up when thinking or trying to find the right words, but try to remember to look at the question as you answer it. You may need to occasionally glance at the keyboard as you type your answers—don’t worry, that’s okay!
❎ Close all programs on your computer
When you're ready to take the test, your test session should be the only thing running on your computer. Before you start the test, close programs including all browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc.), telecommunication software (Skype, Discord, etc.), remote desktop software (Teamviewer, Anydesk, etc.), and spelling or grammar checkers (Grammarly, etc.). You can also double check that there aren’t any programs running in the background without you knowing.
If in doubt, you can shut down your computer entirely and only launch the Duolingo English Test desktop application. In addition to passing a security check, this also helps ensure you have a stable test experience!
👩💻 Make sure your test environment is private
It goes without saying that nobody can help you with your test. That’s why nobody is allowed in your testing environment—even if they aren’t helping you.
Make sure you have one hour of uninterrupted time. Let everyone around you know not to enter your testing area. You can even put a sign on your door! Also, it’s best to put your phone, smart watch, or connected device in another room to be certain you won't get distracted or disturbed during the test
💬 Speak and write naturally
The Duolingo English Test is a test of your real, natural English ability. During open response sections of the test, try to respond naturally with answers that you are coming up with in the moment. Even if you have practiced answers to similar types of questions, your response should be specific to the topic, and in your own words.
By following these tips, you’re well on your way to getting your results certified. If you're looking for more advice about the Duolingo English Test, read this step-by-step guide for making the most out of your test experience. Best wishes for your test!