Echo Music Search Project Overview
This time I would like to tell you about a new recently launched project at Appen Connect. I started on the project a month ago, and so far I think this project is one of the most interesting projects because it has to do with evaluation of music at iTunes! Yes, Apple also decided to work on improving of search relevancy of their services, and I think we can expect lots of new Apple projects being added at Appen Connect.
This new project is code named Echo. The nature of the work is to evaluate an iTunes user query, and the relevance of the resulting content based on the specific artist, album, song, or playlist. Like the Yukon project, this music search project has more or less the same evaluation scale and rating logic: (Fully Met vs Navigational, Highly Met vs Excellent etc.) However, some rating rules are specific and unique for this project.
So far I have been working on this project for about 1 month, and I really enjoy it. Besides making decent money, I expanded my favorite song list significantly. The working process is easy going and fairly smooth at around the 1-month mark, and not much intelligent effort is required. But before achieving this level of work flow, raters will have to carefully read and understand the 20 page guidelines. In order to develop a deep understanding of rating concepts, and deliver a high quality level of service, you need to thoroughly understand these guidelines. As with any Appen project, in order to be successful in the project, high quality output is required. As for the technical process, Apple has developed for its raters a very convenient tool called ‘baseline’. This tool is an integrated tool on a website from where raters perform their evaluation. This tool is convenient and user friendly, and simple to learn to use.
Many of my readers will be interested in how to be invited to this project. Appen offers a lot of different types of projects that you are able to work on. Unfortunately, is not likely that you would be contracted to start on the Echo music project from the beginning if you are hired by Appen. You would be more likely to start on a larger project first such FalconInstaAds or the Arrow project. Once you have started working at Appen, and you are on Facebook project, like any of the social media projects that they offer, you will likely get an invitation to come aboard and start on other projects including the Echo Music Search Project.
- You must hold an Apple ID, or willing to obtain one
- You must own an Apple Device.
- You must be available 5 days a week and for
- Max 20 hours per week
Echo project Qualification
Prior to starting production, Appen requires that candidates go through Echo Qualification which is a 30 question quiz, real tasks which have to be evaluated in terms of query vs result, in which you will be given a music search query, and the result generated by iTunes. The passing score for this test is 70%.
If you are not confident with going through the qualification quiz you may request my assistance via contact me channels.
Production and payment
Payment is made per hour of work and pay rate is different for each market.
- This is a long term project, your daily limit is up to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (includes weekends).
- Expected RPH is 60 tasks per hour. But because this is the initial wave of the project, Appen wants raters to value Quality over RPH until the project progresses.
As per Appen project requirement raters are allowed to work 20 hours per week max, or a max of 30 hours in total if raters work on other Appen projects. Raters cannot exceed 30 hours per week working on 2 different projects at Appen. On average you can make about $390-$405 per week at the average rate of $13.50 per hour. If you are interested in working on several projects at once, then this article is a must read:
In fact there are lots of different cool and legitimate projects and opportunities to make money online. I will continue sharing my experience with my readers, I’ve got an upcoming article on another project called – Maps Analyst, which also is going under Apple Map service, there is another cool translation and localization project at Netflix, available worldwide in many countries, so continue reading my blog to get valuable tips and insights!
Welcome to Echo Exam Simulation Tool
Why do candidates fail the Echo project exam?
When you apply for ads evaluation jobs, you have to pass an Echo project qualification exam. The biggest problem with the Echo Qualification Exam is that it is very difficult to pass with one or even two attempts because no feedback is provided in case of an unsuccessful attempt. In fact, even Appen and Lionbridge explain in a welcome mail that there is a high chance of failing it. With that said, you’re going to need all the help you can get.
Useful links on the topic:https://passleapforceexam.com/2017/07/16/echo-music-search-project-at-appen/
Studying the guidelines and doing the exam simulation practice are essential in passing the actual exam
If you think this is an exaggeration, then just search for comments on passing the exam and see what you will find. You’ll find in a lot of cases people who claim that they studied for several days before the exam began. With that said, it’s just not possible to demonstrate the knowledge of these guidelines without investing a significant amount of effort in the one-week time frame they give you to study the guide. The guide itself is designed in a way that assesses your ability to understand and apply rating concepts and the rules based on the hefty guide. There is a lot of material to go over, and it can be a bit confusing. But once again, you’re not going to get anywhere near passing if you don’t start going through the guide.
What is the Echo Exam Simulation Tool?
The tool will help anyone who is getting ready or considering taking the Echo project qualification quiz. This tool was designed to assist candidates with exam preparation with the main focus on practical rating tasks that include the most tricky rating scenarios which are tested in the real Echo project exam quiz.
The Echo exam simulation tool has 17 tasks + 4 demo tasks, the same number as the real exam has, these tasks are the main exam tasks types which cover basically all rating concepts, and which will help you to develop rating skills which will be tested during a real exam.
You might be wondering how using this tool can help you pass the exam. The way that it is designed will show you exactly your problem area that you need to focus on. It helps you identify your level of understanding of the rating concepts, and your ability to apply them by practicing first, and then identifying your weak points. You will receive your overall score (pass or fail), detailed feedback on your mistakes and know exactly what you need to go back and study in the guide. Of course we need to disclaim that there are no real actual exam tasks because that isn’t going to help you understand anyway. Each one of these is hand designed from most typical exam tasks, and is designed to be the best simulation possible. If you pass this, you will be ready to pass the actual exam.
How to Proceed With The Exam Simulation Tool?
If you’re still skeptical, we have a free demo version which you can try FREE right now! It contains 4 typical Echo quiz tasks so you can see how it works. Once again, the demo is 100% free and you’re completely anonymous.
The tool has 17 tasks, the same number of tasks as the real exam. These tasks are the main exam tasks types which basically cover all rating concepts, and will allow you to develop rating skills which will be tested during a real exam.
Explore the tool here: https://echoexamsimulation.passleapforceexam.com/