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Definition of exam noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal examination)
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  1. 1a formal written, spoken, or practical test, especially in school or college, to see how much you know about a subject, or what you can do to take an exam to pass/fail an exam an exam paper I got my exam results today. A lot of students suffer from exam nerves. to grade an exam She did well on her exams. I got an 86% on my chemistry exam. 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
  2. 2a medical test of a particular part of the body an eye exam
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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: exam

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