American English

Definition of test noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of knowledge/ability
  1. 1an examination of someone's knowledge or ability, consisting of questions for them to answer or activities for them to perform an IQ/intelligence/aptitude test to take a test test (on something) a test on irregular verbs to pass/fail a test a good grade on the test Topic CollocationsEducationlearning acquire/get/lack experience/training/(an) education receive/provide somebody with training develop/design/plan a curriculum/course/program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop moderate/lead/facilitate a discussion sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsschool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. grade (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. finish/drop out of/quit school graduate from high school/collegeproblems at school be the victim/target of bullying/teasing skip/cut/ (informal) ditch class/school cheat on an exam/a test get/be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/be suspended from schoolwork and exams do your homework/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies hand in/turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/review/ (informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (formal) sit for a test/an exam grade homework/a test do well on/ (informal) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectcollege apply to/get into/go to/start college leave/graduate from college (with a degree in computer science)/law school study for/work towards a law degree/a degree in physics major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master's degree/a bachelor's degree/a Ph.D. in economics see also driving test More Aboutexams Exam is the usual word for an important and formal written, spoken, or practical test at school or college, especially one that you need to do in order to get a qualification. Examination is a very formal word. A test is something that students might be given in order to see how much they have learned. A very short informal test is called a quiz. Quiz also means a contest in which people try to answer questions:a trivia quiz a quiz show
  2. of health
  3. 2a medical examination to discover what is wrong with you or to check the condition of your health a test for AIDS an eye test a pregnancy test When can I get my test results? We'll need to perform a series of tests. The hospital is doing some tests. see also blood test, breath test
  4. of machine/product, etc.
  5. 3an experiment to discover whether or how well something works, or to find out more information about it laboratory tests a nuclear test Tests have shown high levels of pollutants in the water. I'll run a diagnostic test to see why the server keeps crashing. see also acid test, blind test, means test
  6. of strength, etc.
  7. 4a situation or an event that shows how good, strong, etc. someone or something is The local elections will be a good test of the government's popularity. He saw their separation as a test of the strength of their love.
  8. Idioms
    put somebody/something to the test
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    to put someone or something in a situation which will show what their or its true qualities are His theories have never really been put to the test.
    stand the test of time
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    to prove to be good, popular, etc. over a long period of time
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: test