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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Migrants are generally given brief medical exams after their arrests. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Girl Dies While in U.S. Custody," 14 Dec. 2018 Additionally, this technology may help women and their doctors feel more comfortable during in-office breast exams. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A New Breast Cancer Detection Device Can Identify Tumor Tissue in Under 5 Minutes," 30 Aug. 2018 Tyndall retired in 2017 and has denied all allegations against him, which include making lewd comments and inappropriately touching patients during pelvic exams. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "There Are Now More Than 200 Women Suing USC and a Former Gynecologist Accused of Sexual Abuse," 25 July 2018 Strauss allegedly would grope young male students during physical exams — one witness said to the point of making them ejaculate — Politico reported. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Jim Jordan’s allies are questioning the premise of the Ohio State sexual abuse allegations," 13 July 2018 Studying for medical board exams should equip trainees to care for future patients, not harm them. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 Wrestlers have said Strauss routinely showered with students and touched them inappropriately during exams. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Rep. Jim Jordan Accused by Fourth Wrestler of Knowing of Ohio State Sexual Abuses," 5 July 2018 Uzbekistan also blocked mobile internet and SMS services in 2016 during university entrance exams. Eli Meixler, Time, "Algeria Shuts Off Internet Access Nationwide to Combat Cheating on Exams," 20 June 2018 The average stay of the children is 40 days, according to its website, and each child undergoes full medical exams within two days of entering its facilities. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Oregon senator finds closed doors in South Texas migrant children’s shelter," 4 June 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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