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

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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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DeVos' visit follows last week's release of results from the latest round of state Forward exams, results many found troubling. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts school choice during visit to Milwaukee voucher school," 16 Sep. 2019 McGlashan paid $50,000 to fix his son’s ACT exam, prosecutors say, and agreed to pay four times that to guarantee his admission to USC as a fake punter. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Felicity Huffman’s parenting blog may hurt her in college admissions scandal sentencing," 13 Sep. 2019 The Mayor has not yet eliminated the entrance exam for any of the specialized high schools, and, last week, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, indicated that no changes will be made to the gifted-and-talented programs this year. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Back to School Reform," 8 Sep. 2019 Other staff provide dental exams, cleanings and flouride treatments, and the behavioral health staff offers individual and family counseling, parenting assistance and group counseling. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Take peek inside New Britain’s $40 million renovation to Smalley Academy," 5 Sep. 2019 The week after that is final exams, when sports teams typically don’t schedule games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite previous sweep, SDSU basketball schedules Grand Canyon again," 28 Aug. 2019 Candidates must meet prerequisites, then go through an application process that includes a background check, exam, fees and other steps. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "NCAA Ups Criteria for Agents of Players Testing NBA Draft Waters," 6 Aug. 2019 High school students in China take a standard exam, the gaokao, and their performance leads to offers in specific majors at specific universities. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops," 29 July 2019 Romero had been home with his 9-year-old daughter, staying behind to study for an electrician exam, when his wife frantically called that evening. Julia Sulek, The Denver Post, "Wounded mom with dying 6-year-old son calls husband from Gilroy Garlic Festival: “They shot him”," 29 July 2019

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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