Are these quizzes timed? Or can I take it at my own pace? I want to know where I stand but reluctant to try the Progress quiz.
No, the Progress Quizzes are not timed. You can take it at your own pace. Only Timed Practices are timed, to my knowledge. I have taken a Spanish Progress Quiz before. Hope this helps! :)
Thanks I will give it a try, but on the weekend. I work full time so maybe a bit tired in the evenings. So until the weekend I will work on spelling issues. .
You will not be allowed to keep the test. If you want to retest, you have to buy it again. Once you have started it, you have to complete. It is not possible to cancel and continue later.
The test does not tell what you have done wrong by mistake.
The test is not only based on what you've been through on Duolingo. It tests your overall proficiency in the language. Therefore it will contain words you have not learned on this page.
(Have not yet bought it myself. Above information found by searching. Became curious ...)
Yes, I took the test only once years ago, and it's on the whole course, so I would recommend to take it only once you get to the end of the whole tree. Or if you want to take it earlier, the important is that you know. I read about people complaining because they weren't aware that the quiz is on the entire course, and they got words in the quiz they hadn't learned yet.
The quizzes are not timed, but once you begin them then you can't quit and come back to them, so you will have to put aside 20 minutes minimum (or leave your browser open). There are a lot of questions/ sentences on the quiz.
I would warn you though-- you will probably get sentences that you have never seen before if you are at a low position on the Italian "tree", or else your score will be low (it is graded out of 5) if you aren't exposed to sentences from higher level lessons.
If you are low on lingots, maybe give it a bit more time and free practice.
I have over 7,300 lingots, so I can take the test 200 times over and it doesn't matter to me.
But 25 is an investment for someone who only has 100 of them.
Just so that you are warned - you won't find it too useful. In fact, it may seem quite disheartening. I have taken the test twice: once a month ago and once last week. My first score was 2.16 which was okay, given the fact that I was still at the beginning back then, I skipped a lot of questions and I had quite a few distractions. To be honest, I just wanted to finish it as quickly as possible as I had picked a bad moment for taking it anyway and as the guys have already warned you, once you start the test, you can't stop it. The problem is with the second test - I didn't skip any questions, I took the time to fill in everything, I had turned off all distractions. Moreover, I had spent the weeks in between the tests actually studying (not only on Duolingo, but I also use a textbook, a grammar book and I only listen to Italian music) and the questions seemed fairly easy. And I got 2.29 which is ridiculous. The worst part is that you are not even allowed to see your mistakes and you don't know what counts as one. Overall, I am not sure I would recommend it as a learning tool - it is supposed to measure your progress but getting a sheer number at the end of the quiz with nothing else is not really productive in my opinion (at least not if you don't have lots of lingots you don't use anyway). Cheers!
A quick update - I took the test again just now and got 3.32 just a week after the miserable 2.29. And I haven't done much studying in that time: in fact, some of the days I did the bare minimum I have set for myself as I am at home and I pretty much just enjoy my time off. So yeah, I wouldn't count on that test. ;)
At this time I will work on the reviewing the lessons, and take the free exercises and also the times exercises. The time exercises are good because it make you stop second guessing yourself. Thanks for everyone input.