ex·​am | \ig-ˈzam \

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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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To become an officer, an applicant must pass a physical ability test on July 7 and a written exam on July 15. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Seeks Police Applicants," 27 June 2018 In 2015, 97 percent of students at the University of Queensland’s Ochsner Clinical School in Australia passed step 1 of the exam on the first try. G. Richard Olds, Washington Post, "International medical schools have a bad reputation. That needs to change, for the good of U.S. patients.," 26 June 2018 The vast majority accepted the challenge, and 90 percent passed the state’s standardized Algebra I exam on the first try. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. school districts made all eighth-graders take algebra — and it worked," 26 June 2018 Panama could hardly ask for a tougher opening exam on the World Cup stage. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Panama Faces Star-Laden Belgium in Its First World Cup Match," 18 June 2018 Those evacuated are being sent for further evaluation at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Brain Injury and Repair, where a team of doctors conducted in-depth clinical exams on 21 Americans affected by similar episodes in Cuba. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "More Americans in China say they’re victims of mysterious health attacks," 7 June 2018 Arizona Summit officials acknowledge that not all graduates pass the exam on the first try. Anne Ryman, USA TODAY, "Law school graduate has failed the bar exam 6 times but still keeps trying," 16 May 2018 Arizona Summit officials acknowledge that not all graduates pass the exam on the first try. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Meet an Arizona Summit Law School graduate who failed the bar exam 6 times and still keeps trying," 16 May 2018 According to Vanwhalraven's arrest warrant, a doctor at the Audrey Hepburn Care Center at Children's Hospital, which provides care to victims of child abuse, performed a medical exam on the girl. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Hollygrove man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing 10-year-old indicted on rape charge," 26 Apr. 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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