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An examination; a test.


(Education) short for examination



Informal. an examination, as in school.


1. examination.
2. examined.
3. examinee.
4. examiner.



An exam or examination is an official test that shows your knowledge or ability in a particular subject. Exam is the word most commonly used. Examination is more formal and is used mainly in written English.

I was told the exam was difficult.
All students must take a three-hour written examination.

When someone takes part in an exam, you say that they take it or sit it.

Many children want to take these exams.
After the third term we'll be sitting the exam.

Speakers of American English generally use take instead of 'sit'.

In conversation, you can also say that someone does an exam.

I did my exams last week.

If someone is successful in an exam, you say that they pass it.

If you want a good job, you'll have to pass your exams.

Be Careful!
To pass an exam always means to succeed in it. It does not mean to take part in it.

If someone is unsuccessful in an exam, you say that they fail it.

He failed the entrance exam.
I passed the written part but then failed the oral section hopelessly.

You also say that someone passes in or fails in a particular subject.

I've been told that I'll probably pass in English and French.
I failed in a few other subjects.
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Noun1.exam - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledgeexam - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
bar exam, bar examination - an examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction; "applicants may qualify to take the New York bar examination by graduating from an approved law school"; "he passed the bar exam on his third try"
comp, comprehensive, comprehensive examination - an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge; "she took her comps in English literature"
entrance exam, entrance examination - examination to determine a candidate's preparation for a course of studies
final exam, final examination, final - an examination administered at the end of an academic term
litmus test - a test that relies on a single indicator; "her litmus test for good breeding is whether you split infinitives"
midterm exam, midterm examination, midterm - an examination administered in the middle of an academic term
oral, oral exam, oral examination, viva, viva voce - an examination conducted by spoken communication
preliminary exam, preliminary examination, prelim - an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue
quiz - an examination consisting of a few short questions
tripos - final honors degree examinations at Cambridge University


1. test, examination, assessment, evaluation, research, paper, investigation, practical, quiz, oral, appraisal, catechism He failed his maths exam and had to retake it.
2. checkup, analysis, going-over (informal), exploration, health check, once-over (informal) A full medical exam is usually not required.


1. A set of questions or exercises designed to determine knowledge or skill:
2. A medical inquiry into a patient's state of health:
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n (=examination)
(SCHOOL) (academic)examen m
a French exam → un examen de français
to pass an exam → réussir un examen
to take an exam, to sit an exam → passer un examen
(US) (MEDICINE) (medical)examen m
modif [results, marks] → des examens; [pass] → à un examen
the exam results → les résultats des examens
exam pressure → pression des examensexam board examination board n (British) comité chargé de l'organisation des examens scolaires nationaux


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n. examen, evaluación, investigación; reconocimiento.
References in classic literature ?
Tomorrow's the exam, and I won't be drawn by anyone.
So let's go house-hunting at once, before exams come on.
Exams were on and over; the last week of the term came and still their "house o'dreams," as Anne called it, remained a castle in the air.
And exams are over and gone -- the time of Convocation will come soon -- next Wednesday.
When Anne had bad dreams she found herself staring miserably at pass lists of the Entrance exams, where Gilbert Blythe's name was blazoned at the top and in which hers did not appear at all.
If you won't let me go in for the army - I could pass my exams to-morrow - I'm off.
The answers of the exam were available on the ChaoMing Facebook page, on which students were able to engage and ask questions for clarification regarding specific answers.
Solomon Exam Prep has provided students with an Online Exam Simulator for both the Series 27 and Series 28 for the past year.
The spokesman said that for primary level exam 33 centres have been established in tehsil Jand , 26 exam centres in Attock, 21 exam centres in Pindigheb , 30 exam centres in Fatehjang , 29 exam centres in Hazro and 15 exam centres in Hassanabdal.
You should review these, together with the exam papers, model answers and post-exam guides to help identify any problem areas.
For example, students who demonstrate proficiency and understanding in a science lab experiment may not demonstrate the same level of proficiency on a multiple-choice exam.
The Class of 2006 was the first to be required to pass the controversial exit exam to earn a diploma.