DoodleAges are our way of measuring each child’s overall level of understanding.
We calculate a child's DoodleAge by looking at the point a child is in their programme in terms of the level of questions they are currently being asked. We then compare this to the average age of other children in our system who are at a similar point in their programme.
When a child first starts using the app, all the questions they receive are designed to calibrate the work programme to their level. We call this baseline assessment mode.
When a child completes baseline assessment mode, they'll be given a DoodleAge, and the proportion of calibration questions will drop significantly.
Occasionally in these early stages or after using Doodle for a little time, it can be possible that either:
- A child can have a bad day, in which case the DoodleAge can become a little too low
- A child can receive help from a parent or input their details incorrectly, in which case the DoodleAge can become too high
My child's DoodleAge is too low
Where the DoodleAge is too low, we recommend you leave it (unless the work programme is excessively easy), as the app will calibrate up to the correct level quickly, without any loss of confidence to the child.
My child's DoodleAge is too high
Where a DoodleAge is too high, we recommend recalibrating your child's account.
To recalibrate the programme:
- Log in to any of the Doodle programmes
- From the Learning Zone, click on the arrow icon in the top left-hand corner and select Settings
- Press on Work programme
- Under Mode, press Recalibrate?
This will put the app back into calibration mode, as if you had started afresh. Ask your child to log into the app and answer the questions independently, so their correct level is calibrated.
Note: If you have a school account, you will need to ask your child’s teacher to recalibrate their account.
My child's DoodleAge is lower than their real age – why is this?
Don’t be alarmed if your child has a DoodleAge lower than their actual age – statistically this is the case for half our users.
The most important thing is that the questions they're being asked are at just the right level for them, being challenging enough to ensure progress without being excessively difficult and leaving them demoralised.
Boosting each child's confidence in maths is key to ensuring continual progress and raising their ability in maths.
If you’d like to chat to our team about DoodleAges, please click on the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.