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Suggestion: Tests

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When practicing Duolingo, I have noticed that there are checkpoints in between some lessons. What if we had a test of what you've learned in those sections. For example, let's say the first group of lessons are Basics 1 & 2, Phrases, Food 1 & 2, Animals, Possessives, and Plurals. When completing those lessons, you take a test on what you have learned. When you passed the test, you move on to more lessons. So basically it's a summary what you've learned from the tree. This would be very useful because sometimes it's hard to remember what I've learned. What are your thoughts on this?

4 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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I really like this idea. I remember when I got to my first checkpoint and being surprised that the lessons after the checkpoint were not only automatically unlocked without taking the checkpoint test, but that the option for the checkpoint test was even gone too. I think, even if it's not made mandatory, there should at least be the option for those of us who feel that our learning would be better served by such a review. I like your proposal and I hope the Duolingo staff give it serious consideration.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rappa88

Rosetta Stone has this, and it works great. It involves more complex sentences, at a harder level, but only using the words you've already learned. Though if you do something with an increased difficulty, it might be better to make it optional, some people might have trouble with it. But I think a lot of users might be quite interested in it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Yeah a test would be cool because you have to earn access to the sections of the tree via your recall instead of just completing each lesson only once with the help of the 'hover' feature for every word.

It would definitely motivate people to practice more often and help store what they learn in their long-term memory.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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A successfully passed test may give you false confidence that you are really done with the section, while in fact you most likely have to continue practicing your skills. The current system encourages you not to stick to one skill or group of skills but to move on and practice old lessons regularly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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That is a good point. But the reason for tests are to refresh the skills you've already passed. Skills will still decay though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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Isn't practice made just for that, refreshing? A custom practice where you can select skills or lessons to include would be great, but I wouldn't call that a test. For me, a test is something final, otherwise it is confusing: how come the lessons decay after the user passes a test? Why is it called a test if it is just practice (refresh)?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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I have an idea. When you're done with your tree, you take a test of all the material you've learned! When you pass the final test and there are still some skills that are decayed, you can use the practice and still know your language a lot more!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Meteor

I agree with you, a test would be very nice. I would also like to see such test with more than 20 questions since most sections are hardly tested in just 20 questions, and I think such test should test for the whole set of skills in it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leolaaa

I think a test would be great! I think it would be good if you could have one at each check point so you don't have to strengthen topics that you already know well enough

4 years ago