Testing out of skills, & placement test are far too easy.
Today I tested out of the German skill Animals 1 using the Android mobile app. The following words were tested: Katze, Hund, Pferd, Ente, Tier (their genders), and the verb frisst.
The following words included in the lesson did not show up in the test: Maus, Bär, Haustier, Kuh, Schwein, Vogel, Spinne, Insekt, Biene, Fliege, and Käfer.
So more than half of the words were not needed to be known to test out of the lesson, and among the six words that were tested were many of the ones from the first part of the lesson. They are not usually this bad, but this was one of the more ridiculous examples.
Last year I had a similar issue with the placement test for Spanish. Duolingo's manner of testing is easy enough that you can guess your way through the placement test fairly accurately, and there just aren't enough questions to really test out of knowing all of the vocabularly that you would need to acquire as far as it might place you on the tree. I think i tested out of about 36 skills then, because i was familiar with how spanish worked from taking it in school, but almost everything past the Sizes skill was spotty.
A good way to fix this would be rather than have the user translate FROM the target language in testing out, it should focus more on translating English sentences TO the target language. A lot of the time sentences are easy to guess because we share so many words, but producing these words and grammatical constructions is a far better indicator of knowledge of the language.
..... using the Android mobile app.
..... Duolingo's manner of testing is easy enough that you can guess your way through the placement test fairly accurately,.......
Duolingo is both designed for
- early beginners and fun (App)
- serious beginners and for people, who want to brush up their school knowledge (www.duolingo.com).
If the App is too easy for you, then you may switch to Duolingo's web version in the browser of your phone.
In Duolingo's new layout (crown levels) you need to select "typing"
Unfortunately I am in the awkward position where I cannot get audio from the web version with my platform. I like using my PC because i can type faster on it, but turning audio on so i can use it in the mobile browser would mean constantly turning it off again on PC. So it's either stop using my PC to practice duolingo, or use the app to practice listening.
Anyway, it's good to find out there's an intentional difference between the versions. I will keep that in mind. Thank you.
I like using my PC because i can type faster on it, but turning audio on so i can use it in the mobile browser would mean constantly turning it off again on PC.
That is not necessary!
Both the App and www.duolingo.com have their own settings.
My personal workaround:
Speaking and listening exercises enabled in the App
Microphone and speaker off in https://www.duolingo.com/settings
This will work in the browser of any device (Pc, tablet, phone)