Did the assignment of experience points change? (desktop version)

It used to be that if you unlocked a level with the key symbol, you got all the points you would otherwise have gotten if you went through that level exercise by exercise, so if the level had 10 exercises, you would get 100 pts for unlocking it.

Now it looks like it is only 20 pts for an unlocked level, no matter how large the level is (like, how many exercises are included in it). That is a bit of a shame, actually, because unlocking levels allowed one to collect experience points relatively quickly.

March 4, 2019


WitlessBittern just posted something similar, about 15 minutes ago. This sounds like an experience cap, so people do not just test out for the XP. See the link to the other post here.

March 4, 2019
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I couldn't agree more. I usually do the first two levels of each skill, one at a time... I'm a polyglot already and usually after the first two, I can get the hang of it well enough to clear the level. WHY do they all of a sudden decide you don't deserve the 170 XP you would have to earn by doing EACH EXERCISE one at a time? Do you realize how TEDIOUS this gets? Especially when it's so unnecessary? I've been with Duolingo (even used it in my classrooms) for over 3 1/2 years unbroken streak. But I'm mighty aggravated over this decision. When you consider the ridiculous number of XP's needed to reach level 25, FORCING people to trudge through useless lessons just so YOU can make them spend WAY more time than necessary to get that important "25".. is inexcusable.

March 5, 2019

I didn't like that unlocking all the basic levels to make them gold brought me up to level 21 of German without really learning anything, so to an extent I think this is a good idea.

March 4, 2019

I mean, I see the point. I also see down-sides. Depends on how you learn.

March 4, 2019

Because of cheaters we have this new system thanks a lot folks Sarcastic

March 8, 2019

@kohoutseks: Do you really think this was introduced to punish some cheaters?

I guess it is a lot less altruistic than that.

The calculation is simple. Let me take my Skill Adj.3 in Italian, Level4. It has 45 lessons (the longest Skill I have ever seen). Using "testing out" lets me jump to Level5 by answering 20 questions and watching 1 ad. But -hey - what about those 44 other ads???? This is a loss in ad revenue. I only saw 1 ad instead of 45! It is not a punishment of cheaters, no, it is punishing those egoistic people who boycott the ads by testing out of a level. I would prefer to pay for the app or do donate, instead of experiencing those intransparent deteriorations. They are demolishing Duolingo on their way to optimize the revenue via ad. It is a pity.

March 9, 2019

Excellent post. Thank you for pointing that out. I referred to it here:

March 9, 2019

Experiencing the same problem. I'm not receiving all the points for testing out of skills. I believe the server may be flooded. My Duolingo is also freezing.

March 5, 2019

Well, Duo is a learning app and(totally just tryna sound like I know what I'm doing right now) it's not about the XP. All that matters is that you're learning the languages of your own free willblah-blah-blah I've said this before... Ok. So, if you get 10 XP for completing an exercise, and every time you finish a round, it comes back with more... Isn't it a bit much to give you anything for unlocking the level in the first place? And remember YOU ARE HERE TO LEARN! NO-ONE IS FORCING YOU TO. AND IF YOU CHOSE TO DO THIS OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL, YOU MUST DEAL WITH IT! Have a good day!

March 5, 2019

I'm not going to say you're wrong, this is true.

Though, you might not know what it feels like to have that "level 25" goal because you just started to use duolingo.

And still, for those who are trying to get back to the xp leaderboard, now it's going to be impossible.

And I really can't see what this has to do with being free or not, this is so out of context.

March 7, 2019
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