what are the checkpoints and parts in the spanish course for?
For the curious ...
My Spanish tree is now divided into five parts. At the end of each section, there's a checkpoint.
When I click on the checkpoints -- there was one exception, see below -- I just get a popup that says "Checkpoint Complete!" I assume that's because I've finished the tree before. (I'm just working on making my tree gold again after the last big change.)
The very last checkpoint gave me a quiz the first time. The checkpoint symbol was a different color than the others (green instead of gold, I think). My owl had disappeared as well.
The test was kind of tricky for a Duolingo quiz -- it included multiple verb tenses and the subjunctive mood, for instance.
At no point did it ever let me know how many questions were left. But I think the test included about ten questions. Not that many.
At the end of the test, the review only includes the mistakes, apparently.
I was on a roll, I guess; I only missed one question. I have no idea if there are consequences for making more errors or if there's a limit on mistakes, etc.
After finishing, that last checkpoint looks like the others now -- it's gold and when I click I just get a popup that says "Checkpoint Complete!" And my owl is back.
I've been trying to do the final checkpoint and it has more than ten questions. I'm about up to 20 now. I really don't like how it won't show my progress (how many are left). I think I'm getting them right, but there's no feedback either way.
The checkpoints are for folks who have already had Spanish, perhaps in school, who don't need to learn about chico, chica, hola, etc. They can take a test at each checkpoint and if they know the material up to that point (if they pass the test) then they get to jump ahead in the course and start with the next skill set after the checkpoint.
EDIT: before you pass them, either by taking the test or by doing the skills normally, they say "Test out of X skills". Once you pass them, they say "Checkpoint Passed".
Ah, I had not yet seen that! Thank you so much for the screen shot. An image truly is worth 1000 words. What do you think of it?
I really like it! Having the tree divided up into so many parts makes it a lot more digestible (since each part is roughly equal instead of having half the skills after the checkpoint).
The only thing I don't like is that they recently removed the ability to see your test results after passing a checkpoint. Unfortunately I'm pretty far from the next checkpoint, but I'll try to pass along some pictures of the test once I get there. It's pretty different from a normal lesson.
I can't wait to see it! I really like the idea of having the "chunks" being more similar to one another.
I can guess at the reasoning for putting the "test out" markers closer to the front of the skill. Usually folks are only able to test out of some pretty basic stuff. If they can test out of 2/3 or 3/4 of the course, they're not likely to benefit much from the remainder of the course.
But as a person who tackles trees from the beginning, I can say that you do feel kind of lost in the latter part of the tree, like it goes on forever with no real sense of any big accomplishment. The lessons and skills are accomplishments, I know, but there's something about those checkpoints...
These tests have been there for a while, but the checkpoints are new. What do they add? Clicking on them yields neither information not a task. so they're clutter, And why is the tree now divided in parts 1, 2, 3, etc.?