How well are you doing (lingots for new users)?
I found it useful to check my progress by taking the certificate test every five levels to see how I'm progressing, but I didn't do that in the beginning because lingots were scarce and I wasn't earning as many from levelling up as I am now. I wish I could have had a baseline to compare my later scores to, so I'm going to offer to help any new users out there have that opportunity.
If you are less than level five and you want to check your progress by taking the certificate test, do it now and post your results here with a link like this ( http://www.duolingo.com/certs/uxaPxk ). I will give you back a percentage of the lingots you spent equivalent to how well you did on the test.
Also, if you don't have enough lingots to buy the certificate test, let me know how many more you need. I'll give you the difference (but only you're less than level five).
(I don't really need lingots) I took the certificate just now, to see what it would say. And I basically failed it. I'm on level 8 in italian, and got 0.74/5.00 ( http://www.duolingo.com/certs/O4xhKY ) on the certificate... and trying to not be too upset with such a crappy result. It's like being in school all over again ;/
You'll just do better next time. Here's four lingots for trying, even though you don't want them.
thank you, I appriciate the encouragement, and yes, I probably will do better next time, it would be hard to do worse ;)
I have a weekly beginner Spanish meet-up at my house. We're all working with DuoLingo - levels 2 through 12. This week, we decided to take the certificate test together - all on my account. It was much more difficult than we expected. After the first few questions, it was all past and future tenses! We pooled our brains and voted/guessed on many of the answers. We fared far better than we expected: https://www.duolingo.com/certs/RRzWcC
Yeah I've noticed the levels seem to wrack up really fast in the beginning and then slow to a crawl as the lessons get harder and the amount of XP required to level up increases.
I took the test (lv11 French) and scored 2.41/5 (which isn't that good, I suppose it's average)
Well, it was meant to be an incentive to newer users, but I guess I can afford to offer a few to those of higher levels too. If you're above level 5 you'll only get half. For you that's 48.2% / 2 = 24.1%. Out of 25 spent on the test, that comes to six lingots. Enjoy.
I've been doing something similar, except I've been checking my progress once a month. Its nice to see a steady increase in scores :)
I am level six German and would take the test if I had enough lingots.
Didn't do well on my test, got about 20 percent of my answers correct because I was faced with words and grammar I haven't learned yet. I have been to busy the past few days to use duolingo much, but I plan to finish both my trees this next year and hopefully start the Russian course when it comes available. Thanks for the lingots, please let me know if you can spare anymore.
I don't need any lingots, but on your suggestion I took the test after a month of studying Italian a little every day but one. (Broke my streak that day too. So sad.) I made a 0.87/5.0 and I'm a level 8 so I think that's pretty standard? https://www.duolingo.com/certs/Q7tj0l
Honestly I do feel encouraged and on at least a few questions I was only missing a single word of vocabulary or two so I feel like I'm making real progress! So thank you for the suggestion! I'll start taking monthly tests and if I ever hit 5.0/5.0 that sucker's getting framed!
I just took my 2nd monthly Italian test and made 1.13/5.0! https://www.duolingo.com/certs/cDt9RH
I was very nervous because I've been slacking on my Italian studies this month and the lessons have gotten a lot harder but I studied really hard the last 2 days and I'm so pleased that I still showed improvement! I'll keep updating every month when I get new scores. (No lingots needed, just a kick in the rear.)
Dec 28 - Joined Duolingo
Jan 28 - 0.87/5.0 (17%) Level 8 (Idioms) Longest Streak 21 days
Feb 28 - 1.13/5.0 (23%) Level 9 (Prepositions) Longest Streak 24 days
I can't believe you have to pay for the quiz each time! It seems kinda pointless considering a) it's a great judge of progress, as OP said, and b) getting ingots are easy if you simply repeat the initial easy ones with full hearts (it just takes time).
Anyway, first time, got 2.03/5, level 8, Spanish.
New to using the website so I didn't realize the quiz had to be bought each time (unlike the timed practice that is in the same section of the store). Wasted 25 lingots learning that lesson! ;)
I am new to German and I am at level 9 currently and reached 4.07 out of 5.00 I am not too sure what this actually means tho.
I don't have enough lingots to take the test. I would love to know my present level, so as to get a picture. If you can spare a few lingots. Thank You.
I'm level 3 in German and would like to take the test, but I only have 15 lingots...
Hi! I am level 5 in German (I took the test to skip some levels) and level 1 in Spanish. I only have 3 Lingots, but I would love to take a certificate test for one of them! :)
Hi, this sound so good ! I am learning spanish and I also woud like to do those certificate several time during my studies to see how I am improving. I am level 7 but I do not have enough hearts (only 15 hearts available and it "costs" 25 hearts..) so maybe if you have still some available I would love to do it? Thanks a lot in advance for this and have all a nice week
I'm at Level 1 in Italian and I need 5 more lingots to get the certificate test.
I have been using duolingo for almost a month now. I mostly use the mobile app. I don't get online often to practice my skills. I just found this post in another discussion. I'd like to take you up on your offer to take my first test. Thanks!
you're awesome. I'll do my test at the end of the week and post it to let you see how I did.
Hi Revdolphin, I just started learning Italian (I'm on level three) and I came across a post about taking tests to track your progress. It led me to your post above, and I was wondering, where are the tests located? Under each group of skills, there's a button that says "test out of 6 (or however many are in that particular group) skills." Is this the test you're referring to? Or is there some sort of bigger, overall test? I apologize if I'm asking an incredibly obvious question, but I think the idea of using tests to track progress is fantastic!
If you click on your lingot count in the upper right corner of your screen it'll take you to the lingot store, where you can buy a "certificate."
Oh, thank you! I'll have to wait a few more days, as the certificate costs 25 lingots, and I have only 13. But great idea!
That's worth a couple of lingots. Just think how proud you'll be if you take the test after completing the tree and look back at your 0.36 score from today.
Dang it. I just reached level five. I'm going to take the test at my first checkpoint!
Duolingo is so fun! It's a gr8 site & app for learning languages! I just wish there was more languages. :/ Hopefully they'll add more. :) (Specifically Romanian & Tagalog!)
Hi. I don't really need lingots. I pretty much have a lot. But it never hurts to give more :) :P :P :P
Hey revdolphin, I took the test three weeks ago and am now level 6 and would like to take it again to see how far I've progressed. Do you think you could help out with 9 more Lingots? If not, no worries and I'll post my score once I get enough :)
I started six days ago and eventually total earned 24 lingots, then gave 20 away so now I have four.
I got a 0.96 out of 5.0. That's not that bad considering i am level 6 in french.
I am literally In level 0 in French, but I know a little from school, and i want to see how good I am, but i literally started today, and I literally have 0lingots, and i literally keep saying the word literally, but I am literally excited.(and literally anxious)
I think I just gave you 10 lingots to help with this worthy endeavour. I came on here to find out what the test score means? Any idea what the score relates to? I am on a 410 day streak (that earns a good few lingots every 10 days) so I've been working on it for a while and just took my first test. 4.87/5.0 is quite good then? But I'd still like to know if it means anything to anyone outside of duolingo?