How does the points/scoring system work?

Students earn points for learning and revising content. 

Translation lists and English & Literature Spelling lists

You earn points by learning words, which means answering a word correctly three times in a row (or twice, if you don't make a mistake). This earns you one star, which is equal to one point.

The scoring system also rewards you for revising the words you have already learnt. The day after you first learn a word, you can revise the same word to earn yourself a second star. Each new star gives you another point. The stars can be earned after increasing periods of time, as illustrated in the following table:

StarsPointsWhen can I earn this star?
1
 Immediately.
★★
2
 The next day.
★★★
3
 One week after scoring two stars.
★★★★
4
 One month after scoring three stars.
★★★★★
5
 Three months after scoring four stars.
★★★★★+
5+
 An additional star every six months after accumulating five stars.

Every 6 months after earning 5 stars you are able to to earn an additional star, and you can do this in each of the four language learning modes. For example, in French, the four learning modes are:

  • French text to English text
  • English text to French text
  • Spoken French to French text
  • Spoken French to English text

Because of the self-marked nature of the exercises, students don't receive any points for completing work on vocab lists in Speaking Mode.

Other subjects

Smart Lessons

Smart Lessons give you points for answering questions correctly; you only have to get a question right twice (or once, if you don't make a mistake). They also give you bonus points for completing sections of a lesson. Different sections are worth different amounts of bonus points, to ensure that students' work on questions is rewarded.

Because of the self-marked nature of the exercises, students don't receive any points for completing work in Exercise mode.

Section TypeBonus Points Allocated
Information (yellow sections)No bonus points
Translation (light blue sections)1 bonus point for every 10 questions in the section
Quiz (purple sections)1 bonus point for every 10 questions in the section
Skill (red sections)1 bonus point for every question students need to answer correctly to complete the section (see Bonus points in Skill Sections below)
Exercises (blue sections)No bonus points

Bonus points in Skill Sections
Skill sections adapt to students' individual needs; if they answer all the questions correctly, they're able to move on to the next section more quickly than someone who struggles. Bonus points are allocated based on the number of repetitions needed to move to the next section. In this example, a student needs to answer five questions correctly, and will get five bonus points for completing the section.

Other lists (Fact lists, Term-Definition lists, EP question lists)

If you're working on Education Perfect questions (or anything that isn't a translation list), then you only have to get a question right twice (or once, if you don't make a mistake). This earns you a star, which is equal to one point. You can revise the questions over time to earn more stars (and therefore more points) on the same timeline as detailed above.

You earn these points in addition to Smart Lesson bonus points.

Competitions

Within competitions (such as the World Series), points are earned differently to how they're earned on the rest of the system.

By default, students competing can complete content they have already learnt to earn points for the competition. This is because the competitions are automatically in Revision mode.

If you'd prefer for students to only earn points for learning novel content, you'll want to select Learning mode.