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

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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 Starting in fall 2021, UC will completely eliminate the requirement for the writing portions of the exams. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Students won't have to take the SAT or ACT to get into the University of California for the next four years," 22 May 2020 The institute typically offers all three levels of the exam in June and just the first level in December. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, "CFA Exam Postponed, With No Tests Until at Least December," 8 May 2020 In Italy, end of high-school exams will still be held, with some adaptations. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Coronavirus lockdowns force educators to reconsider how they grade students," 28 Apr. 2020 Both College Board, who administers the SAT, and the ACT Company are trying to adapt and address concerns of access and availability, even considering testing alternatives such as at-home versions of the exams. Fox News, "Dozens of colleges drop SAT/ACT requirements for 2021, some consider permanent change," 19 Apr. 2020 Just 41% of those who took the first level of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam last year managed to pass despite many spending hundreds of hours studying the materials. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Here’s One More Test That Isn’t Available," 20 Mar. 2020 If any of these exams show something abnormal, a biopsy will be arranged in order to collect one or more samples of the suspicious tissue to test for cancer. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "This Is What It’s Like to Find Out You Have Triple Negative Breast Cancer," 3 Mar. 2020 The widest gap was in the English portion of the exam, which tests students' knowledge of grammar and other writing conventions. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Analysis of ACT results finds fewer than half of Wisconsin high school juniors college-ready," 31 Jan. 2020 One year, the results of a Chicago Fire Department lieutenants exam irritated City Hall. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Lightfoot and Beck say no more bites of the merit promotions apple at the Chicago Police Department," 10 Dec. 2019

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Exam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exam. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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