Turning off all background programs is one of the requirements that Duolingo English Test takers need to do before taking the DET to avoid getting uncertified results. There were so many students who didn’t get certified results because of this issue. Yes, we all know that no one means it, it was just an accident. Or sometimes, test-takers misunderstand turning off all background programs with others, which leads to uncertified results.
Here is our example, a test-taker shared that he already turned off all notifications and turned on “do not disturb” features but he still got uncertified results. It’s understandable because “turned off all notifications and turned on do not disturb” has nothing to do with the requirement of turning off all background programs. Therefore, here we share the simplest way to solve this issue for good.
The below guides are for Windows or Mac users. If you use another operating system, you should change it to or borrow someone who uses Windows or Mac because the Duolingo English Test is currently only supporting these systems.
Here is how we close all background applications or programs temporarily for Windows users.
After taking the DET, if you want to turn it on, simply do all the above steps again and turn it on. The DET official website recommends test-takers should not use Windows 7 because may occur technical issues while taking the test. As a result, it’s best to use Windows 11 or Mac, or at least upgrade to Windows 10.
It’s much easier. After you close all applications and programs but still want to check if there is any running in the background. Here’s how we do it.
Click each application or program and then choose “Force Quit”. We cannot force quit Finder and it’s okay to keep it like that. You should not worry because it’s default and our team members have taken the DET lots of times and there were no uncertified results.
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