The Certificates are kind of "de-motivating" me...
After hearing many success and "YES! I'm improving a lot with my certificate score..." I wanted to use the certificates, I thought it was a really good idea.
I decided to take a certificate test. (I was around half way through the french tree, and I had some difficulty with some questions.) And I scored 3.27 out of 5. I thought it wasn't that bad and I decided I would be improving it some time later.
2 months after, I think I forgot to test myself in french, or something, but I decided to test myself in Spanish instead. I got 1.29. It wasn't really good, but I was just a beginner in Spanish. Later on, I tested myself again in Spanish (I'm not sure what happened to french) and I received 2.33. I was really happy since I improved a lot during such a short period of time.
After that, things turned really dark. I took a Spanish test again, and I received 1.88. I didn't improve and I just got worse. Of course, I obviously needed to improve, and maybe working hard might of helped. So, I was still, and I am still continuing to slowly learn Spanish.
While I was doing the Spanish certificates, I had finished the french tree. I was really happy, but unfortunately, I forgot to do a certificate exam. Now, just a few minutes ago, I suddenly remembered. I went to do a french test, everything seemed really easy, I knew all the questions and it felt easy, and I thought I improved a lot, everything just seemed right. When I finished, I was so excited, and guess what? I got the EXACT SAME score as my first french certificate test, 3.27.
Maybe I might of not been working really hard, but I feel terrible now that I didn't improve in anything...
In general, I find that I have off days (or weeks) with my language recall. So, i'm not surprised to see some fluctuation. Don't give up!
Thanks, but it's probably going to be quite a while before I improve...
I think the certificates are so hard because they don't have the list of various submitted answers that the lessons have, so one misspelling or different word order and it's considered wrong. Atleast that's the only reasoning I've been able to come up with. I know how you feel though, I'm nearing the end of the French tree and got a 2.26 on my last test.
Aww, I hope you improve! Good luck with your studies, I don't think I'll be receiving any more luck...
Luck doesn't apply. Be prepared before you test yourself. I'm currently reviewing, and reviewing, and reviewing, the imperatives in Italian to be sure I'm clear on these weird forms. No certificates or timed practices for me until I've got these hammered!
I think that what counts is that you felt good and confident about the test. You most likely got dinged for some minor errors and you will surely improve as you continue to study.
Could you try a different proficiency test? I googled Italian proficiency tests and found this link: http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa070500a.htm I've noticed your comments in the discussions of the Italian lessons and they have been very helpful to me! Good luck!
Oh thanks! The problem with that is, I haven't been learning italian for a LONG time, and I wont be for quite a while, I don't even recall posting anything helpful in the italian forum...
I'm 1/3 of the way through the French tree and took my first certificate test yesterday. I scored a 2.69 which I'm perfectly okay with, but not knowing exactly what was marked wrong doesn't help the learning process. Also, I am guessing that the test given isn't based on where we are in the tree. There were sentences with vocab, past and future tenses that I haven't learned yet. Have you noticed a change in difficulty in the tests as you moved up the tree?