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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High-school students opposed to selective admission by universities blocked access to the universities during final exams. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Revolution Française’ Review: The March of Macron," 12 Aug. 2018 Bathroom rules Teachers and proctors are both expected to keep walking among the students during exams. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Cover the ABCs. Silence the kids. Test time in NC can be intense, teachers say.," 31 May 2018 One case claims the physician inserted his fingers during a pelvic exam and the other details how Tyndall inserted his ungloved hand inside of her for a STD test usually administered by the patient on their own, according to the Daily Trojan. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Six more women join suit alleging misconduct by USC gynecologist George Tyndall," 25 May 2018 Symptoms like pain with intercourse merit an exam and discussion with a specialist, Dr. Castellanos says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Know If You Should Talk to Someone About a Low Sex Drive," 22 May 2019 At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Many More Students, Especially the Affluent, Get Extra Time to Take the SAT," 21 May 2019 The Police Commissioner is then forced to consider revamping the NYPD's health exam. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Jamie Is Not Happy With Eddie for the Strangest Reason," 5 Apr. 2019 For some reason, the eye exam is deprioritized unless vision is significantly compromised. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Startup Wants to Bring Eye Care to the Forefront of Wellness Culture," 5 Apr. 2019 The exam is the equivalent of wine’s Master Sommelier with less wine and a lot more beer. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019

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1568, in the meaning defined above

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