Score Decay feels like a gut punch this morning

PaulC1Kwiziq community member

Score Decay feels like a gut punch this morning


More of a comment than a question, but seeing my A0 through B1 levels decline from 100% to 99% today felt like a punch in the gut.  I normally only have enough time per week to take tests maybe 2-3 days, so it's been a slow and steady climb for me.  I tried to knock 'em out quickly, but of course I made some minor mistakes, and now I'm doing A1 tests instead of the B2 tests I would normally be doing right now.  Rough way to start the week.

Asked 11 months ago
SimonKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul, 

I completely understand how you feel, and we're sorry that our scoring updates have had a visible negative effect on your scores.  This sort of thing we do very rarely and only when we're confident that on balance the final result will be better for all of our learners. That outcome is more accurate confidence in your knowledge and therefore better recommendations by Kwizbot.  As I'm sure you can appreciate, intelligent evaluation of language skills is quite a nuanced challenge, and when we see opportunities to improve our systems we do so with as much sensitivity to previous efforts as possible.

This may not make any difference to your thinking on this; but I do think it's worth mentioning that the "Kwiziq Score" is not a number points you've gained per se, it's a measure of our confidence that you have mastered a certain topic.  This means inevitably that as we add different question types and challenges, we get more insight and can be more accurate.  It's therefore not that you have become any worse, it's that our system has seen some areas we want to check a little more thoroughly to ensure you have mastered them.  This can also happen, naturally, when we add more lessons on different topics, though it's slower so not as notable.  

Importantly too, scores for some people, simply through the combination of questions they have answered, may have gone up slightly as well, it's very much a reflection on improvements we're making, not your efforts.

We have a detailed explanation of the scoring system here:

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/faq/the-kwiziq-score

I absolutely appreciate any sense of regression can be demotivating.  We're very sensitive to this, believe me.  The short-term pain, however, will give you and us more certainty about your French level, and ultimately get you to genuine fluency, faster.

I certainly welcome any comments from you or others on this thread, we always try to be as transparent as possible, so everyone can benefit.  For now, I'm very sorry again for any disappointment this morning and assure you, for what it is worth, that it is with the best of intentions for your French.

Score Decay feels like a gut punch this morning


More of a comment than a question, but seeing my A0 through B1 levels decline from 100% to 99% today felt like a punch in the gut.  I normally only have enough time per week to take tests maybe 2-3 days, so it's been a slow and steady climb for me.  I tried to knock 'em out quickly, but of course I made some minor mistakes, and now I'm doing A1 tests instead of the B2 tests I would normally be doing right now.  Rough way to start the week.

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