Please, bring back the Progress Quiz!
I have used the Progress Quiz a lot until today (in eight different languages), I liked to see how I was approaching the 5.00/5.00 score, little by little, in all these languages (and as a tool to compare the speed of my progress through different languages).
Now it is gone, I don't know why (it was just about the only useful thing to buy with lingots).
Please, bring it back (along with a way to interact with other users, and something similar to the former Activity section).
As someone who has used progress quizzes as a teacher to gauge students' progress, they are not super reliable. Having tested them with over 100 students, I can say that they only measure about how far up the tree you have mastered. Some students would get lucky and know a words pretty far down the tree early on in the test. Once you get a question wrong, it thinks that you must be somewhere around the area where you got it wrong. I would say keep all of your words up-to-date and you'll have a good idea of how you are.
I had purchased Progress quizzes in Spanish and Portuguese with the intention of doing each sooner or later, just to see if I'd get a 5/5 again. I don't think I was reimbursed for the spent lingots. Oh well.
I'm guessing they'll introduce something similar very soon, but I would have liked it if there weren't such a gap :/
Particularly considering that people have been complaining for years that lingots aren't really very useful, this seems like a strange thing to do now. It's as if Duolingo said "We understand that people feel like they don't have enough things they could buy with lingots, so to help out, we'll provide even fewer things." If I look at the lingot store now, once you've bought the "timed practice" and the few "bonus skills" available there (which really aren't very extensive), then there is nothing left to buy except things to help you get more lingots. Think about that: the only things you can use lingots for right now are things to help you get more lingots. Doesn't that make lingots fairly useless? I actually get the feeling that this is part of a plan to phase out lingots entirely, since (again) people have been complaining for years that they're useless anyway, and Duolingo doesn't seem to have come up with anything which we can use them for in that time.
There really is nothing to spend lingots on anymore. I used progress quizzes to gauge which language to focus on, and especially when the tree would get fairly stable to see whether I needed to reset the tree or not.
I was very disappointed to see their removal (among other things) and I do hope it, or something similar returns. it could certainly be improved upon or changed, but to remove it without any thing to replace it feels premature.
I liked using lingots to get more skill lessons, but once I got those three things, I only used them to maintain my streaks so I'd get paid more lingots so I could maintain my streak, etc. I have tried them for the timed exercises, but I use a tablet, so input is already a bit tough with the thing misinterpreting what words I want, and I live in a noisy house, so it's very hard to even get to the third question. Normally I can get only one point, so I don't like using that. I've never used the Progress Quiz as a result as it was like a much more expensive timed practice. Now I regret not trying it.
I understand that the Duolingo team doesn't really want to annoy us by removing all of these features, and they do have reasons for doing that, but if you do remove features that are very helpful for our learning, would you mind adding new ones in order to compensate us for the loss caused by your changes? that would be great.
I haven't read all the threads on this topic, but so far, nobody has mentioned the fact that you could export your progress quiz score to LinkedIn as an informal certification. Probably nobody is looking to hire me specifically because I am (or was) advanced in French and intermediate in German, Spanish, and Swedish, but it was a good way to display my intelligence without having to type "Oh, and I'm a really smart polyglot too" on my profile.
If Duolingo was planning to upgrade the tests and add them back later, OR to remove them permanently, why couldn't they have communicated this somehow, either on the site or by email?
I actually just finished spending several days getting to gold on every section of the Spanish tree so I could retake that progress quiz and get to the advanced level. Now I see I've wasted my time.