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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web My last exam was at 9 a.m., my audition was at noon and at 3 p.m. I was hired. Marc Myers, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Successful participants will complete their Appian Certified Associate Developer exam. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Guha said in a statement Monday that the school has added additional language and clarifications to its website wherever its medical licensing exam pass rates and residency placement rates are mentioned. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2022 These days the Lake Clifton property is mostly unused with the exception of student drivers practicing in the empty parking lots ahead of their license exam. Sabrina Leboeuf And Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 For starters, Kimberly got caught cheating on her economics exam using an answer sheet from Nico's fraternity, Theta. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 30 Mar. 2022 The neutered dog weighed 12 pounds, about half the weight recorded at his last exam nearly four years earlier, the town’s petition says. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 8 Mar. 2022 At my recent annual physical exam, my blood test showed everything was normal except my PSA (prostate specific antigen), which had jumped to 15.8. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2022 Randolph and Latham, to be sure, regularly face a test in practice that's final-exam-level hard. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Exam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exam. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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