ex·am | \ig-ˈzam \

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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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University Health Plan estimates the average cost for an exam, lenses and a frame is $541 nationally; Warby Parker’s soup-to-nuts service is typically under $200. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Can Health Care Be Disrupted? Warby Parker Offers a Clue," 6 July 2018 Duval officials said shifting course progression to help students do better on state exams is not unusual. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's civics test: Lawmakers suspect "dishonest tactics, districts deny charges," 3 July 2018 But at the same time, Idaho students lost ground on a key college placement exam. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Idaho's spring standardized test scores improved. But the SAT had lackluster numbers.," 20 June 2018 The test has significant consequences: School’s letter-grade rankings are almost exclusively determined by how well their students perform and improve on the rigorous exam. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "See the unofficial AzMERIT scores for 2018 in 8 charts," 18 June 2018 Katrina Halsey, who teaches AP World History at Milwaukee's Bay View High School, said the content acquired by students affects much more than just their scores on the AP exam. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Educators fight effort to scale back AP World History," 16 June 2018 The lawsuit, slated to go to trial in October, argues that an Asian American student would need to fare higher than a white student on an SAT exam to be granted admission. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "Harvard University Is Accused of Discriminating Against Asian American Students in Admissions," 15 June 2018 What’s more, Goldberg said, most colleges only reward the small minority of students who score well enough on the exam with credit for a single semester course—typically one that covers post-1450 C.E. history. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Controversy Over Just How Much History AP World History Should Cover," 13 June 2018 More than 60 percent of a preschool’s alumni must score at least 500 out of 900 on the exam for the school to avoid probation, according to state rules. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Far fewer South Florida children ready for kindergarten, state tests show," 5 June 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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