https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

I found a screenshot of a nonexistent Duolingo feature.

I found this picture online:

Three screenshots side by side

What is the type of question on the right? I have never seen any "Select the correct statement" questions in any course, including Spanish. What happened to these questions? I would like to have them. In fact, a similar idea was proposed recently here.

Has anyone else ever seen any of these? If so, how common were they? When were they removed?

Also, I found two A/B tests on https://www.duolingo.com/users/ISpeakAlien that I was surprised by:
`web_no_tips_and_notes_experiment (false for me)

and `web_noimmersion_experiment (true for me)

This is concerning. I do not want Tips & Notes to be removed. However, it is good news to see that the removal of Immersion appears to be an A/B test that everyone is part of, which means that it could still come back one day. I hope Immersion comes back soon...

Also, I was surprised to see that the part that has my lingot balance says that I have 1239 "rupees", not lingots.

September 8, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

They are IMHO new experiment tests (I have not seen them yet on Android for Portuguese):

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27318365/A-B-experiments-on-learning-quiz-reading-listening-writing-CEFR-selection

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Yeah, my understanding was that these were a new exercise type in development. Perhaps they're in a small-scale test at this point. I don't know. Sounds like an excellent idea. Hopefully it'll succeed. (Of course it's not inconceivable they've already quietly failed :(

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

Nice. Thanks.

For those reading the article the part you are likely to be interested in is near the bottom.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/redsassafras

Similar reading comprehension questions now appear in Duolingo Stories. (Though I would love to see them return to the regular lessons -- like you, I never knew they had ever been there.)

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi

been here two and a half years and have never seen them so if they were here it was a while ago.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

I have never seen one of these on mobile or on PC, but I definitely would like to see the one on the right added! Seems like some good Spanish practice...

September 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I came across one of these questions (the comprehension exercise) on the iOS app a few days/perhaps a week ago. I can't for the life of me remember what language it was in, but I don't think it was Spanish as I don't recall practising this recently on the app; it might well have been Portuguese, or possibly even Catalan; it was certainly a Romance language.
I've not seen another example before or since.

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lunanya

I remember seeing the first one quite often when the Japanese course was released (unless I'm confusing it with another similar type...) It was in the first few skills that taught you Hiragana. I don't know if it's still there or not.

I remember seeing the second one, it was introduced some months ago. I believe I did the French course when I started seeing it. When they released this question type it didn't have the "can't listen now" button but it was fixed a few days later. I don't know if they removed this question type now.

I've never seen the third type. It looks actually quite interesting because it seems to test reading comprehension (like the stories).

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3

What are the names of these A/B-experiments?

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

You can find names of the specific tests at duolingo.com/users/EvgeniyChe3.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3

Not exactly. Each test has its own name, like: «acquisition_android_referral_v3» and so on...

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

Ok, but no specific test was mentioned.

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise453086

At first, I thought it was one of the translations. I get quite a few questions where I'm given a sentence in English and three Spanish sentences to choose from. However, I see now that it's actually a reading comprehension question. As I'm only on a fairly low level, I cannot attest to what there are in the upper level lessons, but I cannot say that I've seen one of those yet.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3

It looks like their new A/B-experiment «learning_en_es_comprehensions_v1».

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TongXinM

It's so weird to hear that people aren't seeing that type of question. I see it, not very often but it does come up maybe once or twice a session for me.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

One time last year, I believe it was, Duolingo was running over 700 different version to test user responses. I am not good with finding data like that. So, I don't know what the current number is. But, I wouldn't be surprised if it is high like that. Duolingo vigorously tests every aspect against other aspects to see if it increases user retention, which sentences produce the most errors among users, etc. The only thing constant about Duolingo is change.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Thanks so much for the info! Sounds like it's in ongoing testing! You're one of the lucky ones! (assuming it works alright in practice)

What do you mean by session?

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TongXinM

By session I mean my own personal practice session, so like I see it a couple times a night.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise453086

If you don’t mind me asking, where are you in regards to the course? Have you passed all of the checkpoints? My theory is that it might be a question type that only starts later on in the course, when a student could be expected to know and comprehend more.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TongXinM

I am about a third of the way, maybe a little less than a third of the way through the course

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise453086

Well, there goes my theory because I’m about the same way through.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wstockall

I haven't see the reading comprehension questions like that in the course proper, but they do often appear in the "Duolingo Stories".

The question on the left I saw once quite a while ago in the English for Spanish speakers. I was jealous. I am a native English speaker, so I didn't find it useful in that context, but it would have been very helpful in the German for English speakers course. I still have problems distinguishing words with the -e ending from words with the -er ending.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

I think I've seen a couple of these before in the Spanish course. I really hope they roll them out because testing reading comprehension is an excellent idea.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ertugrul_Ghazi

Duolingo STILL DOES have these questions, on the Turkish course and French course I have seen them, the only difference is I always do it on my PC.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

It's apparently an A/B test, not a removed feature.

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/M_Stumpfy

that might be a screenshot from one of the earlier versions of Dou. I have never seen this before, but if this were added to dou, it'd be pretty cool.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pQp7zNt2

I have seen option 2 several times in Spanish. And I absolutely love it.

September 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daniilisagayboy

Something very similar is already a thing for Chinese (web, not sure about mobile)

September 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

Hi friends! Would you believe it? The picture on the left is existent now! Yeet!

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

What course did you have it in?

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

In the French course :)

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Ah, so it's helping teach those less-than-immediately-intuitive French phonetics :)

November 11, 2018
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