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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anachron

[Suggestion] Allow to finish current exercise when timer runs out in Timed Practice

In Timed Practice, I often manage hit 'Submit' just after the timer runs out, and I get no points, even when I answered correctly.

I would like to be allowed to complete the last exercise even if the timer runs out during it.

September 27, 2013

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeelOfShame

Or even if it doesn't "count" for a point at that point... let me find out if what I was typing was correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anachron

Yes, something as simple as that would be an improvement.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lalinguiste

Maybe this is too complicated, but I think it would also be nice if the timer could pause if we open the window to read the discussion comments for a question. Sometimes I want to see what others have said but don't have time to look because I would run out of time and the lesson would end.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anachron

That is a good idea, I also often want to look at the comments but do not have the time.

An alternative could be to add a sort of review of the exercises you completed, after finishing the session. That way the flow of the timed practice is not interrupted, and you can take your time to look at comments, check dictionary hints and report issues if you spotted any.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sincerebanana

The answer of the last question should be displayed..!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinShadock

I totally agree! It’s quite frustrating not to even know if my answer was correct or not (I really don’t care about the point counting or not: it happens a lot that I get the server response “No correct answer” and the JavaScript one “This answer is correct” at the exact same time!). This is especially true as my Internet connection is not really strong and that I sometimes don’t see that the time has actually elapsed and that I’m still writing an answer (while JavaScript is questioning the server, but that can be relatively long). I’ve however seen that an audible countdown has been added about an hour ago: maybe this won’t get that frustrating after getting used to stop writing after the countdown ☺


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anachron

The new audible countdown has indeed improved the situation a little. It was not there when I posted this thread yesterday, so it must be a brand new feature. Nice to see that things are going on at Duo HQ.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knsam

My feeling is that timed practice session needs a lot of improvement.


[deactivated user]

    most of us on here would agree with that, as many have already voiced their concerns on this topic.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

    At present, if the counter is at 7 seconds or less, I usually accept the round as over and wait out the clock. This is a bit inefficient in the long run, and getting credit for an answer I started typing before the timer reached zero would cause me to attempt more sentences.

    I imagine that Timed Practice is one of the more complex features (both in terms of coding and user habits) on this site, and it will probably take a few rounds of tinkering before most everyone is satisfied with the result.


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