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Word quiz (test version)

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Initially, make sure that your browser is set to accept the execution of JavaScript. Then the procedure goes like this:

1) If you do not have a user account yet, click on the "Sign up" link in order to create one.

2) Once you have a user account, log in using your user name and password.

3) Once logged in, change your language settings to appropriately reflect both what language you are trying to learn and what language your are already profficient or (preferably) fluent in.

4) When your language settings are in order, clicking on the "Manage vocabulary" link will take you to a page, where you can choose which words you would like to be tested on. A newly opened account does not initially contain any words, so you need to register some before proceeding to the actual test. The number of words registered in your personal vocabulary and the total number of words in the database are shown on the top of the page.

5) Click on the link "Word quiz" and then on the button "Show first word". The application will start a round in which it displays words to you, one at the time, in either your target or your source language. Each round displays 20 words. Once you remember what the currently displayed word means, you press "I know that". If you do not recall what the word means, press "No clue". The buttons switch function if you press the "No clue" button, so that you do not have to waste time moving the mouse about when you actually recognise the currently displayed word. At the end of the 20 word round, you can see your results, complete with your reaction time. If you spot a word that you thought you knew but in fact you did not (the results list shows all words in both target and source languages), you can just click on it and its status will change from showing a green number to showing a red "penalty" status. To register your results in the database, click on "Send results". The word quiz will then start a new round with the next 20 words.

The system keeps track of which words you have been exposed to, when you were last exposed to a given word, and how many times in total you have been exposed. In also keeps track of your average response time per word. This information is used as input when deciding the next 20 words to expose you to. It is therefore more likely that you will quickly "meet again" a word that you occasionally do not recognise or only recognise with difficulty, than a word for which you have consistently had a fast response time.