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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Kim Kardashian West is spending her Labor Day doing something a little different this year: studying for the bar exam. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Spends Her Labor Day 'Studying Contracts' While Prepping for the Bar Exam," 2 Sep. 2019 The accident unfolded as Cortes was about to take final exams her sophomore year. Washington Post, "James Madison University set out to help 35 middle schoolers become the first in their families to attend college. Would they succeed?," 31 Aug. 2019 However, attorneys in those state must still pass bar exams. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Lawyer sues Michigan State Bar, claims mandatory dues unconstitutional," 24 Aug. 2019 Originally from Chagrin Falls, Viland graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, passing the Ohio Bar exam in 2004. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland.com, "‘I will miss you, but I will be around,’ says outgoing Solon police chief," 20 Aug. 2019 The women were expected to take three psychological exams designed to determine their grit, hardiness and resilience. Fox News, "Military studying 'hyperfit' women who pass its toughest physical, mental courses," 22 July 2019 The state wrote $50 checks to students who took college entrance exams, like the SAT or ACT. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Hartford Public Schools will pay incoming ninth-graders to attend new summer school program," 19 June 2019 The women will take three psychological exams that are designed to determine their grit, hardiness and resilience. Lolita C. Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, "Military studies ‘hyperfit’ women who pass grueling courses," 23 Apr. 2019 In addition to the athletic recruiting scheme, authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to arrange for someone else to take college entrance exams on behalf of their children or correct answers for them. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam," 25 Mar. 2019

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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