Master degree program
Duolingo English Test

Duolingo English Test

Passing a foreign language proficiency test under quarantine

In connection with the difficulties of international examinations in foreign languages in the context of pandemic COVID-19 by the decree of Kazakhstan Ministry of education and science from May 12 2020, the list of language certificates for admission to master's and PhD studies in the Republic of Kazakhstan expanded, so now for admission to programs of post-graduate education, in addition to the standard certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR, etc.) applicants have the opportunity to provide IELTS Indicator and Duolingo English Test. More information ( 

It is noted that the certificate confirming foreign language proficiency is compulsory only for admission to the PhD programs. For admission to master's degree programs, you can submit an international certificate, including the Duolingo English Test, IELTS INDICATOR or pass a foreign language exam during complex test.

As part of the implementation of this decree and assistance to applicants entering the educational programs of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, a program of cooperation with Duolingo English Test was launched.

Duolingo English Test

  • ·                    Online format (requires Internet connection, computer, webcam, microphone, speakers, ID)
  • ·                    Duration-60 minutes
  • ·                    Price 49 $ (online payment on the site)
  • ·                    Result within 2-5 days

Testing is performed using proctoring (a video monitoring procedure where an administrator supervises the exam). It monitors the actions of the examinee using a webcam and watches what is happening on the computer monitor). 

The Duolingo English Test measures English proficiency and reports scores on a scale out of 160 in 5-point increments.

Minimum scores of Duolingo English Test for admission

  • ·         Master's program– at least 95 points
  • ·         PhD programs – at least 85 points

Score interpretation 

The certificate is valid for one year.


Testing stages and requirements for completion




Quick setup

5 minutes

An introduction that walks you through the test rules and requirements

Adaptive test

45 minutes

A graded section that evaluates your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills

Video interview

10 minutes

A section that records your answers to open-ended questions

  • ·         Government ID or passport
  • ·         A quiet, well-lit room
  • ·         60 minutes of free time
  • ·         A reliable internet connectionКомпьютер
  • ·         Your computer must have

Supported browser (check browser)

Front-facing camera

A microphone

Speakers (Headphones not allowed)


Video example


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