OK, I took the progress quiz for 25 lingots and received a score of 2.18/5. I have no idea what that means. It sounds bad! Less than 50%, so I assume it is bad. Why is there no explanation of the results? Results on a test are meaningless without some kind of breakdown of the score. It would be nice to know whether or not you are on track and what your weak points are. I think the duolingo site is very good, but a test without explanation of the results is not. Maybe someone in admin can help us with this, so that the progress test will be a better tool for understanding where we are and what we need to work on. Thanks!
If you get 5/5 you know all that Duo teaches. It does not test you over only what you have studied, but everything Duo teaches -- it is the 'final exam.' It is not a teaching tool, but it is an evaluation of what you know -- like the ACT, SAT, GRE, etc. Your test results are not 'meaningless' because they tell you that, on a scale of 0-5, you know 2.18/5 of what Duo teaches. The test must be kept secure, since it has no value if all the questions and answers are made available to the public. If you take the test again in a few weeks/months and get a 3.3, you will know you are making progress. It like standing on the scale and weighing yourself: You find out if you are losing or gaining weight, but not why.
Your question has been raised many, many times.
I agree with what you said but it could give some feedback without revealing the actual questions
It could give significant feedback without revealing the actual questions! As it is, with no instructions, no explanation of what the test is (apparently a "final exam"), and no breakdown of results, it is , in my opinion meaningless. Even a simple explanation such as rspreng gave could be attached as " instructions" and would make the test more useful.
So 5 is the best I take it? Because it didnt say so (and not, it is not obious, since the scale differs even from school to school, not talking countries)
Thank you rspreng! Your comments are always so good. I felt so bad about my progress quiz results, but I had noticed there were questions in the quiz that I had not yet encountered in my tree. I think "Progress Quiz" is a bit of a misnomer. I thought it would identify areas that I needed to work on and give me an idea of the overall level of my language learning according to duolingo - perhaps that's another type of quiz that duolingo could get me to spend lingots on! Anyhow, glad that you posted this - it all makes sense now :)
I took the test for the second time yesterday. I also took it a month ago. I am using the test to gauge my progress. And, yes, I did make some progress. I think for a free course, Duolingo is amazing. If folks are looking for a more comprehensive test with explanations, I am sure there are places on the web that offer those for a fee.
On the other hand, what units can fluency be measured in? Is there really a unit of measurement that would be meaningful in this situation to tell you what the scores mean? Perhaps duo could tell you what percentile you are in and place you on a bell curve of learning, but what group of people would be the frame of reference? Would it include native speakers or not? You can see the difficulty here.