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During quizes, do I need to use the correct letters?

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I forgot what they are called, but during the Spanish quiz do they mark me down on not using the little squiggle lines and the dashes above the letters?

Cause I keep taking the quiz, and yeah, I get some wrong, but most of it is right. I don't have the option on my computer to use those letters, so I write espanol, without the squiggle line above the "n".

Does it mark me down for not using them?

Cause I don't think I'm getting THAT low of a score when I do know most of the sentences they give me.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

(How to type accents in most major operating systems except Linux-based systems)

In the regular tree, the diacritics/accents usually aren't the difference between right and wrong. At least, I don't recall ever getting marked down for not having an enye (ñ) or an accent (é), even when it makes the difference between "year" (año) and "anus" (ano). I don't anticipate that the progress quiz is any different.

How far are you in the tree? I was at 2.5 or something for months. When I got close to finishing the tree, I started getting into the 4.8 range, and now usually score 5.0. Remember that the progress quiz rating is relative to everything in the course and is adapted to your progress. It might be giving you stuff that you know, and then every time it tries to go higher, you get it wrong, so the test can confidently say that you probably don't know above X level.

That probably wasn't very clear. Let's say there are five levels of difficulty: A, B, C, D, and E. Through math and algorithms, the quiz has questions from each level that basically are "markers" of whether a student knows that level. If you get questions A1 and A2 right, you probably have level A down pat. If you get questions C1 and C2 wrong, then you probably don't know C very well. For that matter, since C leads into D and E, the quiz is not going to waste your time asking you D1 and D2, or especially not E1 and E2. You got the Cs wrong, you'll probably get the Ds and Es wrong too.

So you can get a test that's mostly questions from A and B--and do really well!--but ultimately get a low score, because the quiz is adapting to what you know and only giving you questions in the sweet spot of your proficiency.

This is a decent article about adaptive testing, if you're interested.

3 years ago

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Ah, okay thank you. I just feel like I'm really stupid cause they are giving me sentences that I know but I'm scoring so low. That explains it so much, thank you.

I'm almost done with the tree, but I'm not too good with verb conjugation with past and future tense so almost done, but not really haha.

3 years ago