I passed the AP German Exam by self-studying with Duolingo
Context: Advanced Placement (AP) is a program common to highschools in the US and Canada often taken by students in hopes of getting college credit. Every May, there is an exam which is like a final. For many foreign language exams, the exam rigor is equivalent to about 4-years of highshool study. More info here: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/what-is-ap https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-german-language-and-culture?course=ap-german-language-and-culture
I started the German tree about a year ago, when I was a freshman (American for 9th grade), with the objective of passing the AP German Language and Culture exam. I had the knowledge of two other Germanic languages (English and Norwegian) going into the tree. I finished the tree around June of 2018 and continued heavily practicing with Duolingo until the next semester of school started in late August. After then, I slowed down to focus on school. Several months later, I signed up for the AP German Exam at a neighboring school because my school did not offer the course or exam. The exam date, May 9th, came quickly and thanks to Duolingo, I felt prepared enough to pass. Scores were released today (July 5) and I checked to see that I got a 3 (out of 5). I know its borderline, but I'm still happy that I passed.
Thank you Duolingo for providing accessible, easy, and free language acquisition. You have been helping me in my high school career and hopefully in the future.
That's awesome! I was also able to place into the 202 level German class for college!
Awesome! I also got a 3 on my AP foreign language exam this year, the Japanese test, after a few years of studying, including testing out through the whole Japanese course on Duolingo. I found it helpful for exposing me to vocabulary. It's so useful to have a resource like this!
Hey Sitalis! Congrats. I have two questions for you.
Are you a rising senior? If so, you can do what I did and take the Seal of Bi-literacy test. Ask a language teacher at your school for more information. The seal goes on your diploma and certifies that you know German to a knowledgeable level.
Did you take any German classes? If not, is it possible then to just sign up for the German exam and take it even if you don't take the class?
Thank you. I will be a junior next semester in late August.
I am aware for the Seal of Biliteracy and I qualify for it in at least 2 ways, from my AP Spanish exam and my AP German exam.
I did not take any German courses given that my school did not (and still does not) offer German. I asked a neighboring school which offered the exam if they would allow me to take it and they accepted me, so yes, it is possible to sign up for the exam without taking the class.
Hey same, with German and Spanish for me too. But you don't have to have AP exams to get them.
And I might have to try that too, was that exam really very hard?
If you took the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, AP German is the same exact format. I wouldn't say the exam was too hard especially if you have more experience than my one year of German.
Cool. I'm doing AP Spanish next school year (senior year) and I have two seals of bi-literacy as well. I might have to ask my Spanish teacher about that AP German thing! Do you have any plans to do languages in college? Or was it worth the money to take both languages in AP?
I just like the challenge AP. I don't know if I will do languages at university since it depends on whether or not I want to do it, but its worth your money.
I have a question. How did you finish the tree when you only have 25 crowns? Your experience is a lot. Do you have multiple accounts? You say you finished the tree in "June of 2018" but also started it "a year ago". So you finished the tree in 1 month? The timeline isn't clear.
It may mean thetree was finished at level 1 of all of the skills. I'm interested in the answer to this too.
Congratulations! That's an amazing feat. Self-studying for an AP test is never easy.
I'm giving you a lingot. I have 452 lingots and I don't know what to do with them. Congratulations on the German. I'm studying Italian, I have about 30,000xp, have finished 25, but am not finished the entire tree to gold. Still working on it. I am not in school but I may try some international tests for Italian proficiency. At the moment, on my duolingo screen, there is a challenge for bronze, silver, gold, sapphire etc I looked up the profiles of the others and not one of them has any points in Italian. Does that mean none of them have studied Italian on duolingo? Have another lingot and another two.
The bronze/silver/etc. ranking just goes by XP total over a week, it is not language specific.
Oh, thanks! I take it this means then that the other people in the challenge are not learning Italian, as I am, since their profiles do not include Italian. Is there a way to get this challenge off of my screen? I don't want to be judged with respect to other people. Part of the glory of Duolingo for me is it is not competitive. Many thanks.
duolingo is a great starter to mastering a language course! Back when I was in high school I used duolingo to help prepare me for my IB French SL exams and ended up getting a 7 on the official exam! Great to see other people have found similar success with this app!
Wow nice, I recently started German. I know English but it is not my native language. Can you give me some tips? Those German articles are killing me. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_TXfXvR_Rs&t=315s German with Anja I found was a great help. She's also got other videos on these.
You don't say if you are a Native English speaker but I will guess you are, so if you like languages then you should consider getting TEFL certified so later on you can go abroad and teach English. TEFL is pretty easy and there are several good schools, you can go to our website (we partner with Duolingo) www.perfectenglishchina.com to learn more about teaching in China but it will be also just a good way to learn about teaching abroad. Keep working on your languages and you will have a great skill for later on in life. Here's a lingot for doing a great job!
Congratulations. But I'm confused by the chronology. A year ago would be July 2018. But you finished before that, in June 2018. I'm interested in clarifying this because it would be nice to know how many months you studied to finish the tree, and about how many lessons you did each day.
I started the tree in May 2018, finished June 2018. Test was early May 2018, so about 12 months of studying. Within the first month, I usually did 4-6 skills per day which was able to finish the tree. Over my summer of 2018, I just spent most of the time getting skills to gold. So chronologically, 12 months of studying, but 1 month was specifically concentrated on studying, 3 months were strengthening the 1 month, and the rest were erratic.
Got it. Thanks. The one month of intensive study seems like a good idea, to build a critical mass and lessen the chances of a general tailing off.
Ok, I'll try to just give dates and events like a timeline then: may 2018 - june 2018: start and complete tree (1 month) june 2018 - late august 2018: improve and gold skills in tree (3 months strengthening 1st month) late august 2018 - march 2019: diluted studying (rest were erratic) march 2019 - may 2019: realizing that the exam was coming up and studying a little harder so in total, studied from may 2018 - may 2019; I hoped this helped.
Oh, now I understand! Thank you so much for taking time to explain and again congratulations
Nice! I took the Spanish and German AP tests this year and got 4s on both of them. I was hoping for a 5 in Spanish, but I was really sick that day. Congrats! :D
congratulations -- have a couple of lingots. Do you find it confusing to be learning so many languages at the same time?
Congratulations! Your achievement is so inspiring, thank you for sharing.
DUOLINGO helps a lot of people to learn languages. Now it has helped to pass an examination.
Gratulon! I've been getting demotivated recently and this served as inspiration. :)
Congratulations! I am very happy for you and very happy more, that your success reinforces my belief , that Duolinguo is more than just a free tool for learning foreign languages. And there are some people, who claim that they find it boring. To learn it is necessary to repeat and revise the courses, without stopping, and that's exactly what Duolinguo does. If a person changes country and stops repeating his native language, then he will begin to forget it, as time goes by. Certainly, Duolinguo is not a complete tool to learn languages, we must complement our learning at the same time by other means like, chatting, reading, listening videos (scientists, debates, ... ). In the end, NEVER STOP LEARNING. BE PATIENT. BE PERSEVERANT.