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

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examination, quiz, test

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Examples of exam in a Sentence

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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After posting his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against the Clippers, an MRI exam revealed an acute injury to the sesamoid bone in his right foot. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Wendell Carter Jr., needing a surgical procedure to repair a core muscle injury, will miss summer league," 2 July 2019 An eye exam last year revealed diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease caused by damaged blood vessels in the retina. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 Then, an optometrist saw a cherry-red spot in Ava’s eye during an exam, a telltale sign of Tay-Sachs. Victoria Barber, Anchorage Daily News, "Watch: In 1 minute, an Anchorage father shows what his morning with a special needs child is like," 26 June 2019 In early June, one member of a platoon of recruits obtained answers to an exam and distributed them to nine others in the class, the spokesman said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "10 Philly police recruits resign after trying to cheat on open-book exam, officials say," 24 June 2019 The American Optometric Association recommends that adults get an eye exam every one to two years. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Places to Buy Glasses Online in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Most states require contractors to pass an exam and take annual education courses to maintain a current license; insurance covers employees. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Here Are The 8 Interview Questions To Ask A Potential Contractor," 26 Dec. 2018 Track and racing board officials implemented several changes involving exams of horses scheduled to train or race. Washington Post, "Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban," 24 June 2019 Prosecutors say Singer on Oct emailed MacFarlane’s daughter’s high school transcript and college exam scores to Laura Janke, a former USC women's soccer assistant coach, on Oct. 3, 2013. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "California insurance exec guilty of paying $450,000 to get kids admission to USC as fake recruits," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of exam

1568, in the meaning defined above

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