Levels, Checkpoints, etc.
I know Spanish but just out of curiosity I took the test and got level 11. Now I read that someone made it to level 25. Where are all these levels? When I look at the “tree,” I don’t see anything that corresponds to these levels. Lesson numbers don’t seem to make any sense to me either. Where does the count start, at a checkpoint? That doesn’t seem to be the case. And what is the purpose of these checkpoints, anyway, if they do not coincide with levels? If anybody can explain all this to me, I’ll be very grateful.
These "levels" can be earned by gaining XP from practice, Immersion (which can give you a lot if you translate often there), and lessons.
The "checkpoints" are not like, automatic savers for progress (as making an account saves your progress permanently, as long as you remember the password and/or reset the progress for that language). They're just random places in the tree for you to test out of (would it be fun to test out of 60+ skills [assuming this is the average number of skills in a tree] individually? You'd get a bunch of lingots for leveling up, learning the skill, and (perhaps) full hearts, but it's very tedious, and besides, what are you going to do with so many lingots?).
And could you explain a little more on what "lesson numbers" are? I have an idea of what you're talking about, but it would be better if you went into further detail of how and what "lesson numbers" are to you. Is it the lesson count of every skill? Or the tree?
Just to add to that, level 25 is currently the highest level and it takes 30,000XP to get there. :)
Why, then, after taking the test and “testing out” of all 59 skills I only got to level 11? And if hypothetically I were interested in continuing to level 25, where would I find my current place on the “tree”?
The level doesn't correspond to where you are on the tree. It reflects how many XP (experience points) you have earned. You can earn experience by completing or testing out of skills, by practicing skills, and by doing immersion.
When you tested out of 59 skills, you got the equivalent number of XP that you would have gotten had you done all the lessons in each of those skills. Whatever number that was brought you to level 11. To increase your level, you have to earn more XP.
To find your current place on the tree, scroll down until you see a solid-colored skill (not golden) without any bars on the left side. That skill is "in progress" - some lessons are done, but not all of them, or you haven't started it yet but you've unlocked it by completing the skills previous to it. That's where you should continue working down the tree from.
Regarding the lessons - the number, say 3/7, means there are seven lessons in that skill and you have done 3 of them. You will earn between 10-13 points per lesson (depending on the number of hearts you finish with). Finishing the lessons in that skill will earn you 40-52 points, but will not automatically advance you a level. If you go to your home screen, you'll see a box on the right-hand side: (Language) Progress. There's a bar with your current level on the left-hand side and the next level on the right-hand side. The bar fills up as you move closer to the next level. Hover over it for it to tell you exactly how many XP you need to level up (it'll say, for example, 50/150 XP - meaning you need 100 more to level up).
A skill is a set of lessons dealing with one topic. Each circle on the tree is a skill. Basics 1, Basics 2, animals, food, numbers, plurals, sports, etc. There is a varying number of lessons within each skill.
When I open any given lesson, it has a number displayed on the right side of the screen, say lesson number 3 out of 7 needed to get to the next level, or at least this is how I understand it. But when I look at the tree, these numbers are not there, and it’s not even clear where the count starts from. And by the way, what exactly is the “skill”? Is that a set of lessons dealing with more or less the same topic? If so, how do I identify these skills on the tree?
A "skill" is indeed a set of lessons (some pertaining to a certain topic, like Nature, Sports, Places, etc.). For example, the first skill of basically every tree is Basics 1.
And what do you mean you can't see the lesson count?
You can see there are two lessons in the Conjunctions skill (taken on my Italian tree, one lesson complete) and eight lessons in the Prepositions skill.
And sorry if I misunderstand you in any way, I'm just wondering if this is what you're asking for.
It's a fine question :) The tree is another word for the course you're taking on Duolingo. For example, I'm taking the Spanish tree.
If you check out my profile, you'll see a link to the wiki. You can use Google to find things on the wiki by typing (in this instance) Duolingo Wikia Tree. I hope this helps! :)