What educational level at completion of tree?
Once the tree is completed can anyone tell me if you were to take a test and pass obviously, what level would you be Basic/g.c.s.e/ a/s level?
Many people seem to be at A2 level when completing the entire tree. The levels are explained here, scroll down for the table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
A more detailed chart from poster curlyeric a short time ago. His post copied below:
Tree completion puts you into a solid A2 presuming you can understand a bit of a spoken native. Supplementing with listening, reading, writing, and culture you can get into B1 with modest effort. Below is a rubric for levels A1-B2. I am shooting for B2, I think I'm getting close. http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/elp/elp-reg/Source/Key_reference/Lingualevel_EN.pdf
Hello again. I have just looked at the wikipedia (as above). Would you say a g.c.s.e is a grade A2. approx?
Dunno what g.c.s.e. is exactly, looks like it's for age 14-16 in British schools from the wiki link.
You will probably do OK on that test if you finish Duolingo since someone here recently finished the tree and tested into the 2nd year at university level, skipping (and getting credit for) a year of college work.
Hopefully someone else will post with their experiences in taking that test after completing Duolingo for a language. Good luck!
GCSEs are the exams taken when you are 16, and you normally take 9-12 subjects. In comparison, A2 exams are taken at 18 and require 2 more years of only studying 3/4 subjects. As you can probably tell from this, A2 level is a much greater standard than GCSE, so if you are taking a GCSE exam after finishing the tree, and people are saying the tree gets you to an A level standard than you should be fine!! Although A2 exams are the highest school examination, many people study languages at university so the level they achieve is significantly greater.
Hope this helps!
I don't think the A2 level refferred to above by Bill-Roca is the British A Level exam, but an international reference for language levels - A1, A2, B1 etc
Exactly ... that's why I gave the link to the CEFR, because there are a lot of different standards with common names. Sorry for the confusion.
There's a chart on http://parentconcept.com/Key-Stages-and-Grades-in-UK-and-France#grades-languages which compares the UK education system (GCSE / A levels, etc.) with the CEFR grade level (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.). If you scroll up the page, it also shows the ages for grades in France and the USA too. Hope it helps!
The wikipedia article seems to place A2 at about GCSE level. I also found this discussed on TES (A British education newpaper) which places it at about the same.
I got GCSE french and would say I achieved no more than A1 based on what I can actually do with the language!
People learn at different speeds, and also some people practice each lesson multiple times and review frequently as they make their way down the tree. All of these factor into how much someone can speak by the time they finish. I easily comprehend reading material at level B1. However, by level C1, it is more difficult for me. But, I haven't memorized all of the grammar and vocab the three has to offer, even though I have completed the tree. I think once I have learned (rather than just completed) all of the material, C1 material will be much easier for me to comprehend. (However, I will need to add a little extra vocabulary by using the Immersion tab.) ^_^
Here is a guide with a ton of great information about Duolingo, how to use the various features, and stuff like that: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Wiki#Getting_Help
Buena suerte con sus estudios!
Impossible to say! - but some people have taken tests at the end of their tree and might be able to comment on this - also search in the discussion section. But it will vary A LOT.
The wiki page on the common framework has an equivalence table. A2 is equivalent to a 'Higher Tier GCSE'.
@MezUkwu, could you give me a link to that? I wasn't aware that the information was in the Dulingo wiki (unofficial). Or, is it in a different wiki? Thanks in advance! ^_^
Sorry, I meant the wikipedia link on the Common European Framework (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages). Under the certificate column in the equivalance table it has a row that is for 'British General Qualifications'.