# Level down?

Hi,

It says my geometry level is 2 on public profile, but I have problem sets level 3(which is my level)

Note by Alan Liang
6 years, 2 months ago

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Ignore Sam's comments. They are not entirely true.

The important things are: 1. Level changes are dependent on past 2 weeks of performance (apart from your first week due to the diagnostic)
2. Level changes are triggered only if you have viewed more than 4 problems over the past 2 weeks.
3. You will level down only if you answer (enough) questions wrongly.
4. You will level up only if you answer (enough) questions correctly. For students that level up mid-week, they will be at the level next week.
5. Your level will not be heavily influenced by viewing of questions.
6. You will stand to earn more points when your level changes, whether it be from solving harder problems in lieu of easier problems, or vice versa.
7. The level of problems assigned only changes the next week.

The most often case of leveling down, is from students who had a bad week, and then get a few initial problems wrong this week. We have the indication that the problems are too hard, and hence want to provide easier problems to work on.

As a clarification of 5, viewing more problems should not level you down once you've viewed enough problems (point 2). For example, a student who got 2 wrong last week, and then got another 2 wrong this week might not get a level down as yet. However, viewing 1 additional problem would trigger the level checking, which then decides to level down. This happens on accounts where users try few problems every week.

As a clarification of 4, if answering a question wrongly levels you down, there is the chance for you to level back up if you subsequently answer questions correctly. The subsequent questions could be new problems, or even previous wrong problems.

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

By "answer (enough) questions wrongly" do you mean exhausting all the 3 tries or does even 1 wrong try get counted?

- 6 years, 1 month ago

even 1 try.

- 6 years, 1 month ago

It is possible to be leveled down. This from the FAQ.

"If you are consistently missing questions at your current level over the course of a couple of weeks, we will level you down. On any week, we believe it is better for you to have a few easy questions, a few medium questions, and a bunch of questions that push you, than to have a whole problem set where you completely flounder. There is difficulty overlap between the tops and the bottoms of each level. This means that if you are barely able to solve problems at the top of level three you will barely be able to solve problems at the bottom of level four."

- 6 years, 2 months ago

[Sorry for the misinformation, I was not the person who worked on this and should have deferred to them. In reviewing the (complicated) code that implements this I made assumptions based on previous discussions I'd heard between Calvin and another co-worked which caused me to misread portions of the code. -Sam]

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, I solved half of the problems from last week and I skipped half of the rest. If I am constant with this progression this week or better, will I just level back to 3?

- 6 years, 2 months ago

[The comment was irrelevant - Calvin]

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

My records indicate a slightly different story. You solved less than half (4) of the problems correctly, and had answered at least half of them incorrectly. You left 1 question unanswered.

At the start of the week, you had several wrong answers, which triggered a level down. You now got several correct, hence were brought back up.

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

hmm.. so if we only look at the problems of the week and don't answer them, we are candidates for a level down?

- 6 years, 2 months ago

If you have consistently viewed 7-8 problems in the past week, then looking at problems will not result in a level down. The only trigger for a level down will be answering problems wrongly.

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

[The comment was not true - Calvin]

Staff - 6 years, 2 months ago

So is it possible to go form a level to two levels above in one go..... i dont think so, but still..

- 6 years, 1 month ago