Is the option to test out of skills still available? If so, where is it?
No, it's no longer available to test out of a skill. You can still test out of a bunch of skills (the gold checkpoint buttons), but you'll only be placed at level one in all the skills if you pass.
Hi, this is the French forum, for getting help with French grammar, vocabulary, resources, etc. Could you please edit your original post and use the drop-down list at top left to change the topic from "French " to "Troubleshooting"? That way it won't clutter up the French forum, and the answers you get might help others who look in Troubleshooting for information on how Duolingo works.