- 1 an examination of somebody’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 (British English) to do a test test (on something) a test on irregular verbs to pass/fail a test (British English) a good mark in the test (North American English) a good grade on the test CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/get/lack (an) education/training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/provide somebody with training/tuition develop/design/plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsSchool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. (British English) leave/finish/drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/collegeProblems at school be the victim/target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/cut class/school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) 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/(British English) revision/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies/coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (both British English) do/sit a test/an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectUniversity apply to/get into/go to/start college/(British English) university leave/graduate from law school/college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/take/ (British English) do/complete a law degree/a degree in physics (both North American English) major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master’s degree/a bachelor’s degree/a PhD in economics More Aboutexams Exam is the usual word for a written, spoken or practical test at school or college, especially an important 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 addition to, or sometimes instead of, regular exams, to see how much they have learned. A very short informal test is called a quiz in North American English. Quiz in both North American English and British English also means a contest in which people try to answer questions:a trivia quiz a quiz show. see also driving test See related entries: Teaching and learning, School life of health
- 2 a 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 Wordfinderbiopsy, diagnose, examine, sample, scan, swab, symptom, test, ultrasound, X-ray See related entries: Medical examinations of machine/product, etc.
- 3 an 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, field test, means test, road test See related entries: Experiments and research of strength, etc.
- 4a situation or an event that shows how good, strong, etc. somebody/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. in cricket, etc.
- 5Test = Test match They played well in the first Test against South Africa. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a container used to treat gold or silver alloys or ore): via Old French from Latin testu, testum