1. Review how Memrise tests your knowledge of words
This lesson reviews the different ways that Memrise tests your knowledge of a word.
1. Review How Memrise Tests Your Knowledge of Words
Once you have reviewed a word for the first time and perhaps create a Mem, Memrise quickly begins to test your knowledge of the word. Since you already went through a set of words, you saw some of the questions Memrise asks.
Here are the types of questions you will see (not all question types are used in all courses):
MULTIPLE CHOICE – The most common type of question is a multiple choice question. You are offered a variety of answers to choose from. The quantity of answers varies from four possible choices to about eight choices. Memrise presents multiple choice questions in two ways. At first, you see the Spanish word and need to select the English translation. If you answer correctly, the next time you will be shown the English word and must select the Spanish option.
Memrise first supplying the Spanish word and you answering with the English, then reversing this so the English word is show and you supply the Spanish equivalent is a way for Memrise to measure your progression in learning. It is harder to provide the Spanish word when you see the English word, than doing the opposite (providing English when seeing Spanish).
WORD TRANSLATION – This type of question simply asks you to supply the translation, so if the word is provided in English then you should provide the Spanish translation and vice versa. Be careful though because, in some courses, if you enter accented letters without their accents, the answer may be marked as wrong. To type in accented letters just use the “special character” buttons that appear below the answer.
SENTENCE JUMBLE – This type of question is not as common and is only used for sentences, often longer sentences. All the words in the sentence are shown to you, and you put them in the correct order by clicking on each word, one at a time. In the simpler questions, Memrise only gives you the exact words used in the sentence, however in more complex questions, there are words that do not belong in the sentence. You will need to identify which words belong and the order in which the sentence is constructed.
IMAGE IDENTIFICATION – For this type of question you simply identify the image shown by typing in the Spanish equivalent. While this is a great way to learn words because it focuses your learning on only Spanish, without translating to/from English, it is not a common question type in Memrise. I recommend that you use this question type when you start creating your own courses and mems.
These are the main types of questions used with Memrise language courses although you may also run across other question types. You may also create other question types when you begin making your own courses. For example, a powerful question type to test your listening comprehension is an audio clip you listen to and then write the word or phrase you heard.
These questions are the core of Memrise learning. While they may appear to be simple questions at first, the science used in Memrise to help you learn Spanish vocabulary efficiently is a powerful tool that saves you time, improves your learning and helps you reach Spanish fluency quicker.
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