What are the benefits of "Testing Out"?
Thank you, WoogaGirl.
Personally I think it's better NOT to test out, because you miss the benefit of several lessons. But basically, 'testing out' allows you to skip a certain number of skills - however many are between you and the test-out point - by taking a test to show that you know them already. It's great if you're already knowledgeable in a language, but for ordinary learners it's best to go in order.
That is a great question! In the case of the Duolingo feature, it depends on the course/tree and the stage of the course you are in. If the course is not put together very "well" and/or if it is in early Beta stage, you would have to be a masochist to go through some of the tests even when your knowledge of the tree content is very good! On the other hand, by design Duolingo has some kind of "standard" built in (all the trees are fairly similar in presenting grammar and language topics) so "mature" trees (that have been well thought out and have been around for awhile) would allow a person to "easily" skip portions of a tree. Skipping portions of a tree can be done for several reasons:
The material is well known, hence it would be boring to go through it
The user is interested in getting an idea about the language rather than the details. The details could come in after the tree is finished. That is, going from level 10-12 to 25 cannot be done by "Testing Out."
The user wants to show off that he finished the tree. Yes, some people find satisfaction in numbers!
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Disclaimer: Please don't ask which tree is which, as I am not interested in bashing any specific work. In general, I think that Duolingo staff is doing a great job in making DL available for free! Regards, Daniel.
5 . The user doesn't want to practice the first skills in exactly the same order Duolingo allows them, and prefers to skip around.
For example, someone who tests out of English for Spanish speakers at the first checkpoint can then practice by doing the Amigos skill without necessarily doing the Intro skill first. ;)
If you are new to a language, then there is no benefit to testing out. However, if you already know some aspects of a language well and would like to continue to the lessons where you need more practice, it might save some time. However, I don't use the test out feature that often anymore. Part of the issue is that when you test out of a skill, Duolingo gives you extra practice later, so it doesn't seem to save all that much time if you want to keep a skill gold.