Golden Esperanto Tree :)
I've been trying to get a golden tree ever since the new crown system came out. I came very close to a golden tree in Esperanto around 2 months ago, but then the new tree came out when I had two incomplete skills left that were both at Level 4. This was initially discouraging, especially since many of my golden skills were either removed or updated and reset to Level 0, but I got over it and started working my way up on the new skills.
When the level testing came out this week, I was able to quickly finish up my last eight skills. The level testing felt a bit like cheating since levelling up used to take me several hours and now it only takes me 5-20 minutes, but frankly I'm just happy that my tree is golden after several months of intense Duolingo-ing.
Next step: a golden Japanese tree!
Interesting. Even 1000 is pretty impressive XP score. How many points do you get for testing out? The same number as if you worked all the lessons organically? If so, I can see how that might net you a lot of XP.
Wow... just tested that out and got 800xp in 15 minutes. That's dangerous. I'm only going to do that on the first third of the course where it is ridiculously easy and I couldn't learn more.
As tempting as it would be on the later courses (and I could probably pass many of them too)- I need the practice so I will resist using that exploit. :)
It is good that we can test out though from some of those lessons. No reason to spend hours saying the bread is good.
Assuming there are 4 lessons in a section.
I did one sectio that had 20 lessons to get to level 5.
5 minutes gave me 200xp. Doing each lesson seperated in the section would have taken an hour.
Now, I really don't care how much time and effort people spend to get their XP. I'm only doing the levelling up on sections I'm 100% comfortable with. If I'm not 100% comfortable I'm doing things the old fashioned way. As tedious as it is, I'm here to learn... Not just to have fun.
I suspect some people will level up on things to go for the XP even if they're not completely comfortable. They won't learn as much but that's not my concern.