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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Exam'

Exam Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    exam n : 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" [syn: examination, test]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Exam'

A test or an examination (or "exam") is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or classification in many other topics (e.g., beliefs). In practice, a test may be administered orally, on paper, on a computer, or in a confined area that requires a test taker to physically perform a set of skills. The basic component of a test is an item, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as a "question." Nevertheless, not every item is phrased as a question given that an item may be phrased as a true/false statement or as a task that must be performed (in a performance test). In many formal standardized tests, a test item is often retrievable from an item bank.

Test vary in style, rigor and requirements. For example, in a closed book test, a test taker is often required to rely upon memory to respond to specific items whereas in an open book test, a test taker may use one or more supplementary tools such as a reference book or calculator when responding to an item. A test may be administered formally or informally. An example of an informal test would be a reading test administered by a parent to a child. An example of a formal test would be a final examination administered by a teacher in a classroom or an I.Q. test administered by a psychologist in a clinic. Formal testing often results in a grade or a test score. A test score may be interpreted with regards to a norm or criterion, or occasionally both. The norm may be established independently, or by statistical analysis of a large number of participants.

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* When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me. - Woody Allen

* I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me. - Woody Allen

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Exam Sample Sentences in News

  • ‘Barghazi’ Error Disrupts Bar Exam: Business of Law
    For some aspiring lawyers, this year’s bar exam was more stressful than usual: When they tried to upload their answers after the first day of the test, they were met with a repeated error message. Read more on this news related to 'Exam'
  • Easy Exam
    Pupils writing Thursday’s Secondary School Entrance Examination (SEA) say the examination was relatively easy and they had little trouble dealing with the questions. Read more on this news related to 'Exam'
  • Exam body to check 'extra help' data
    The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils. Read more on this news related to 'Exam'

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