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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 The school board got rid of a tough entrance exam and a $100 application fee but required that eighth-graders who apply have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and be enrolled in various honors courses. Washington Post, "Is America’s most selective high school getting better or worse?," 27 Mar. 2021 End-of-course exam results in North Carolina show that high schoolers across the state have declined rapidly in math and science amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the News & Observer. Paul Best, Fox News, "North Carolina students aren’t doing well amid pandemic, falling behind in math and science," 3 Mar. 2021 The National Institute of Aging notes that a medical assessment for dementia includes medical history, physical exam and neurological tests along with brain scans and other tests. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Post missing context about Dems asking Biden to relinquish sole power over nuclear launch," 27 Feb. 2021 Schools with poor results may see their budgets reduced, as part of that exchange of exam results for dollars. The Economist, "Covid-19 has boosted the campaign against exams in American schools," 27 Feb. 2021 Tristan’s exam results arrive but remain unopened, and Mrs. Hall has misplaced optimism that her terrible son who doesn’t deserve her will come to the party. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small Season-Finale Recap: Farewell to Our Yorkshire Friends," 21 Feb. 2021 The researchers pulled the exam results from the Stanford Education Data Archive, which standardizes different states’ required annual exams to provide national comparability. Avery Ellfeldt, Scientific American, "Rising Temperatures Undermine Academic Success and Equity," 6 Oct. 2020 Morgenstern told Einstein about Gödel’s theory; both of them told Gödel not to bring it up during the exam. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "When Constitutions Took Over the World," 22 Mar. 2021 During a digital rectal exam, her doctor felt that something wasn’t right and recommended another examination. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Marcia Cross Reveals the ‘Gnarly’ Side Effects of Her Anal Cancer Treatment," 23 Nov. 2020

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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6 Apr 2021

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“Exam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exam. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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