Passed the German CLEP!
After studying German for over three years, with Duolingo being a major resource in the learning process, I decided to take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test to see if I could pass it. (The CLEP test scores are from 20 to 80, 20 being zero percent and 80 being one hundred percent. A score of 50 is the minimum to pass. On the German CLEP test, a score of 50-59 awards you with 6 college credits, and above that you get 9 credits.)
Well, I took the test and I did a lot better than I expected (or dared to hope). I passed the test with a score of 62! Needless to say, I was quite happy, since I wasn't even counting on passing the test at all.
I can't disclose any specifics of the test, natürlich, but Section I and II were on listening skills (you only hear the audio once). The first section was short dialogues and questions pertaining to them. The second section was longer audio clips and multiple questions about those clips. And finally, Section III was focused on reading. There were some fill-in-the-blanks, and some parts where you read a large section (multiple paragraphs) and answer questions about those sections.
And now I'd like to give some credit where credit is due... First of all, Duolingo was the biggest online resource that I used for learning German. I want to thank the creator, workers and volunteers that worked together to make this possible. Thank you very much!
Also, Deutsch im Blick is quite a helpful website, with real-life situations about Germans, and videos with people interacting in German.
Ba Ba Dum was a nice resource as well, as it provides several picture choices to choose from that has the meaning of the given word.
German for English Speakers was also very useful to me, as it has multiple pages of great documentation for learning.
There's also Memrise, and although I didn't use it very much, my small experience there was a good one.
And I can't leave out Modern States, a rather new website for helping students pass their college tests. They offer a wide variety of courses, and are coming out with more all the time. They recently released a German course, which I used a little bit given its newness.
If you're learning a language or struggling, I'd like to encourage you that it can be done. I'm not superhuman, and if I can do it, then you can too :)
Well, I guess that's all. I want to thank everybody that helped me out on Duolingo to increase my knowledge of German, and a special thanks to Luis von Ahn for creating Duolingo. It has been greatly used by me and much appreciated.
Spanish, here we come!