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 Students signed up to take the exam in April will be contacted with next steps in the coming days, the announcement continued. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "April ACT exam postponed amid coronavirus concerns," 16 Mar. 2020 This is purposeful and requires significant intellectual investment, akin to taking an exam or solving a problem. Washington Post, "‘You don’t look autistic’: The reality of high-functioning autism," 3 Mar. 2020 According to Mitchell, 37 states don’t require apprenticeship experience to take a journeyman exam. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "State scraps revisions to Alaska workforce training regulations pending further input," 13 Feb. 2020 At the end of the game, students took the U.S. citizenship exam, before retaking the survey about trust in immigrants. Popular Science, "How a simple computer game simulated the dizzying U.S. immigration process," 9 Feb. 2020 That meant students spent less time taking the exam and teachers spent less time prepping them for it. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana General Assembly gives schools a two-year reprieve from ILEARN penalties," 3 Feb. 2020 Kardashian West plans to take the bar exam in 2022. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "It’s Kim Kardashian West Vs. A Broken Justice System In This New Documentary," 20 Jan. 2020 The main character, Peter, is reminiscing about taking a math exam. Niral Shah, The Conversation, "Asians are good at math? Why dressing up racism as a compliment just doesn’t add up," 6 Jan. 2020 Students have to attend four two-hour courses and take a final exam, all of which can be tailored to meet the student’s schedule. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Six Spots Around the World Where You Can Try Your Hand at Falconry," 15 Nov. 2019

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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20 Mar 2020

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“Exam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exam. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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