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Shorelight Partners with Duolingo

We have expanded English proficiency test options for all students.

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Duolingo, a modern language proficiency tool designed for today’s international students and higher education institutions. The Duolingo English Test (DET) is accepted by more than 1,000 institutions (including Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, NYU, UCLA and Yale), and that number grows each month. 

Shorelight continues to look for ways to provide better service to our partners and students. Due to the COVID-19 situation and the closing of English testing centers, the Duolingo partnership gives students coming to Shorelight university partners the opportunity to take their English proficiency tests any time and anywhere. Plus, if students enroll with Shorelight at one of our partner universities, we will reimburse the cost of the exam.

The DET option provides your students with an at-home, quick, and cost-effective alternative to standard English proficiency exams. 

How it works

  1. If your student has submitted a Shorelight application and is looking to take an English exam or improve their English score, you can request a Duolingo test code from your Shorelight recruitment representative. Your Shorelight recruitment representative will advise you about which university partners accept Duolingo.

  2. If your student is deemed eligible, you will be provided a test code for your student to proceed with creating a Duolingo profile and scheduling their exam.

    When creating a Duolingo profile, students must use the personal email address they used to apply with Shorelight. This is how we will match the students’ test results to their application. This cannot be the Channel Partner’s email, because Duolingo requires student specific authentication before scheduling and taking the exam.

  3. The student will use the Shorelight code to pay the discounted exam price. Duolingo accepts all major credit cards, as well as Alipay in China.

  4. If a student experiences a technology issue before or during the exam, they should reach out directly to for assistance.

  5. Once the student completes the exam, their exam results be will available approximately thirty-six to forty-eight hours afterward. Test results should then be uploaded to the Admissions Portal.

  6. Once the student enrolls with a participating Shorelight partner, they will be reimbursed for the exam cost. A waiver will be applied to their final tuition invoice (statement of fees). If a student does not enroll in a Shorelight partner, they will not be refunded for the Duolingo exam.

For more information, and to know the definitive list of Shorelight partner universities accepting DET, please connect with your in-country representative or email us at

About Duolingo

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. The companys mission is to make education free and accessible to all. Duolingo offers ninety-one total courses across over thirty distinct languages, and is available on iOS, Android, and web at