It’s always difficult to prepare for anything new, especially when it comes to English proficiency tests such as the Duolingo English Test. Suppose you are a newbie and looking for ways to prepare for your DET. No worries, we have got you covered with our simple five (05) steps to help you achieve your desired scores.
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It’s a fact that we cannot do anything without understanding something deeply. In the Duolingo English Test, test-takers need to completely comprehend all question type formats and rules to ensure certified results, especially how all questions are scored.
Regarding all question type formats, they are prerequisite to move to step 2 “Understand your current level” as students can (almost) fully show off their skills to have the most accurate result evaluating their current level.
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Every single test-taker knows how many scores they need (including you) to get through the admissions process. But do you know your current level? Perhaps, you do; however, how is the collocation to the DET scale? No one can tell unless test-takers take some practice tests to find out. We have the following free tests to share.
This is your guide to take a 1-hour free test.
At this point, test-takers already know their desired scores and levels. For example, Student A wants to get a 120 overall score, and her level after taking a 1-hour full test is 90 – 125.
Most of the time, test-taker certified score will be close to the lowest end – 90. In order to get a 120 overall score, we need to improve the 25-30 score gap, and this’s not an easy task. The following compared table is from Cambridge research showing how long we need to improve our scores.
In our example, improving from 90 to 120 DET overall, it’s the same as moving from B2 to C1 in the CEFR. That being said, we need around 200-250 guided training hours to achieve our goals.
Hey! Don’t stress out! 200-250 training hours could be from your everyday reading, practice on the DET Practice Platform, and listening as well. If we have 60 days to prepare, then we need five (05) training hours six out of seven days per week – let yourself relax one day. Let’s divide five training hours into different practice categories. Please remember that you create your own plan by following our suggestions:
With the following practicing plan, test-takers may spend 2-3 hours per day.
The everyday practice includes Question types with correct answers and Open response question types to make it balanced for test-takers DET preparation journey. Test-takers are welcome to practice more if they can as long as they utilise all instant feedback to learn from their mistakes and avoid similar errors in the next practice questions.
Test-takers should study Tips and Strategies for all question types in the DET on-demand Preparation course to increase their chances of achieving desired scores, which offers 23 training videos in addition to other benefits. The course is brought to test-takers by a ten-year teaching experienced trainer from Australia. Let's explore all course benefits right here.
At the time this article was published, we had at least 15 Full DETs to help students keep track of their progress. At the end of every practice week, students should take one Full DET to see how far they have improved in one week in order to revise the study plan if needed and make it more practical in achieving their desired score.
All 15 Full DETs are in the Premium account, so why don’t we utilise them all? It's time to experience everything in our DET Practice Platform and take one Full Test for free.
We only want to head up with all test-takers that most students need a second time to get what they want as a rule in the Duolingo English Test (updated on December 2022) that test-takers can buy up to 03 DETs in a 30-day period. To avoid misunderstanding, buying up to 03 DETs in a 30-day period means that students can have up to three (03) certified results. Some test-takers are allowed to take the test again for free because they look away from the screen for too long or move their pointers out of the testing window. In this case, we only count one (01) certified result, so they have two (02) other certified results in a 30-day period since they take the first one.
We have come to the end of this 05-step Duolingo English Test preparation for beginners. Please don’t wait until the last moment, as we see most students only have a few weeks, and they want to improve the 20-30 score gap. That is impossible. The DET is no different from other English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE, so test-takers need to have a proper plan to get what they want. Besides, we value integrity and truthfulness as Duolingo does; therefore, we will not answer or support any test-takers who have a bad intention to cheat the test. Our last piece of advice is never to think of cheating on a test. If violated, test-takers will immediately be banned permanently.
Now, it’s time to hit the books!
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