Spanish Progress Quiz Review and Suggestions
I just took my first Spanish Progress Quiz, which is available for purchase for 25 lingots in the duolingo desktop store.
The quiz itself is fine, and I like that there are no rollover hints during the quiz.
However, as you progress through each answer, there is no indication whether you got the answer correct or not. So I was expecting to see what I got wrong or right at the end of the quiz, but this never happened.
When the quiz ended, I got a 1.58 out of 5, which was much lower than I was expecting to score. I don't mind that, but there was no chance for me to see what mistakes I made and what answers I got correct, so I couldn't learn from my mistakes.
While a few, I'm sure I got wrong. For others, perhaps I put the wrong accent or misspelled a word. I have no idea.
I'd like to suggest a chance to see your answers marked right or wrong at the end of the Quiz, along with the correct answers. And then an ability to discuss and leave questions and answers on the quiz questions for the duolingo community, similar to the regular lessons.
Have any of you taken the Progress Quiz? Would love to hear your experience and suggestions.
Doing that would render the quiz invalid, because people would know the questions. We don't get an itemized list of correct answers when we take the ACT, SAT, GRE, etc. if all the questions and answers are 'out there' it becomes too easy to cheat.
For me, this isn't the same as an SAT test to apply to grad school or something; I see it as a way to checkup on how I am progressing at learning. Anyone could still cheat on this. You could easily open another tab and look up the words, but you would only be cheating yourself. I want to learn Spanish, and it would be helpful for me to know which answers I got wrong. Even if they don't tell me the right answer. For me, it would provide more meaningful insight.
the reason you can't hover over the words is to ''test'' yourself on what you have learned, it's been a while since I have taken the quiz and dont rememer much but let's keep it at that :)
I agree, I like that you can't hover over the words during the quiz. But I think a review at the end showing what answers you got right/wrong would be helpful for learning.
i agree with that after the quiz, that would be extremely helpful so you can study certain things and only on those certain ones :)
I have taken the Progress Quiz four times now, and my most recent one (a month ago, after a month of reviewing my finished tree), I got 4.41/5.0. I plan to take it again after I re-golden my tree. As rspreng said above, keeping the answers unknown is better for the test. It is a test after all. :) Discussing questions and answers ruins the integrity of the quiz, because anyone can keep tabs open and ace every single question. They cheat themselves out of learning.
When I had tests in school, it was always helpful to get my test back and see what I got right and what I got wrong. For me, it is harder to correct a mistake if I don't know what the mistake was. I'm not interested in cheating myself out of learning. Anyone could still translate all of the quiz questions and make a cheat sheet. I think anyone who would take the time to do that just to get an otherwise meaningless score on a digital certificate is on duolingo for the wrong reasons. For people interested in learning the language, and correcting mistakes they are making, a review of what you got right/wrong would likely expedite the learning process.
I'm sorry if you took it as me calling you out, as I wasn't. I understand your viewpoint on it. Duolingo most likely sees the lessons and Strengthen Skills as that opportunity to see which questions we got wrong/right, and the Progress Quiz is strictly to see how much you know. If you know it, you know it, and if you don't, you don't (basically what the quiz is saying).
I didn't take it personal at all. :-) I just wanted to hear what other people think, and totally appreciate the perspective. I appreciate that the goal of the quiz is to measure your current level of proficiency. And I think not giving clues or showing what you got right or wrong along the way accomplishes that. But I don't think a chance to review mistakes at the very end of the quiz would take away from measuring your proficiency. While it may be a low priority feature for duolingo to implement, I think it would make the Quiz more in keeping with the sites mission to help people learn languages. Cheers, and have a lingot.
:) Duolingo often surprises with its additions/subtractions on the site, so we'll wait and see.
NirvanM You have a lingot too. I totally agree with you. I just received 4.55 out of 5.00 and I would really love to know where I went wrong.
For those of you more familiar with the quiz, does the quiz grade for proper use of accents and spelling? Duo lessons are pretty forgiving if you misplace an accent or make a spelling error, but I'm guessing the quiz may be more strict.