XP in testing out of levels
I've been practicing Catalan in the Spanish interface quite a bit lately and starting a week or two ago I began taking the short tests to skip from one level to the next (e.g. from level 3 to level 4) in different topics. I'd do this, and I would get XP according to the number of lessons in the level when I successfully passed the test (e.g. in a level with 15 lessons, I would get 150 XP). Now, I am only getting 20 XP for testing out of a level no matter how many lessons it has, and the same happens for my French lessons in the interface.
Is this a recent change? Is it a glitch? What exactly is going on?
I have exactly the same issue. If there is a change in policy I find this completely unfair. Which would mean all former XP levels should be adjusted accordingly. People who have previously been able to get large numbers have an unfair advantage to be recognized on the leaderboards and newer members will never be able to complete. I think this is not very motivating.
I hadn't thought of that. You are correct. Unless it's retroactive and every previous test out is re-adjusted for 20XP, those who came early will have an easy time maintaining their lead. As far as gamification goes, Duolingo made a poor choice in capping this feature. It serves no purpose now. You'll even end up losing XP if you test out, compared to someone who did all units in that module, as they'll earn all XP and you only 20XP.