ex·​am | \ ig-ˈzam How to pronounce exam (audio) \

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examination, quiz, test

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Your final exam will count for half of the semester's grade. the exam will cover everything we have studied this term

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For some reason, the eye exam is deprioritized unless vision is significantly compromised. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Startup Wants to Bring Eye Care to the Forefront of Wellness Culture," 5 Apr. 2019 The exam is the equivalent of wine’s Master Sommelier with less wine and a lot more beer. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Getting a general physical exam (where these things are usually monitored) regularly is also important, Dr. Jessup says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Almost Half of All U.S. Adults Have Heart Disease or High Blood Pressure," 31 Jan. 2019 Agents must pass a detailed background investigation, and the polygraph exam that’s been required of all applicants since 2012 is a major barrier, with just a 28 percent pass rate between 2013 and 2016. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Arrest shows challenge of keeping rogues off Border Patrol," 18 Sep. 2018 Behind the wheel exams are not available on Saturdays. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "California DMV will expand Saturday hours to trim interminable waits," 13 July 2018 Gynecological exams are crucial in preventing disease, diagnosing cervical cancer and protecting reproductive health. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Did witnesses fail USC women in care of 'predator' gynecologist?," 25 May 2018 For women in particular, physical exams have historically been invasive and frequently humiliating, and often with unproven results. Rachel Newcomb, chicagotribune.com, "Americans have resolved to live forever or die in the attempt," 8 May 2018 For all of us, the road was long—from the LSAT to the terrifying obstacle of the bar exam—but for each of us the road was also different. Clara Spera, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Granddaughter: ‘You Know Her as the Notorious RBG, but She’s Bubbie to Me’," 4 May 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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