Definition of “exam” - English Dictionary

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“exam” in British English

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examnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzæm/ us /ɪɡˈzæm/ formal examination

A2 a test of a student's knowledge or skill in a particular subject :

American students ranked fourth in those taking the geography exam.
I failed my physics exam, but I passed chemistry.
an examination paper
exam results

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  • She got very high marks in her biology exam.
  • I finished my exams yesterday, but I won't get the results until August.
  • He did worse than he was expecting in the exams.
  • You're not allowed to talk during the exam.
  • People clustered around the noticeboard to read the exam results.

(Definition of “exam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“exam” in American English

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examnoun [ C ]

us /ɪɡˈzæm/ also examination, /ɪɡˌzæm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/

a test of a student’s knowledge or skill in a particular subject:

The final exams are scheduled for next week.

(Definition of “exam” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“exam” in Business English

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examnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzæm/ us also examination

a formal test that you must pass in order to earn a particular qualification or be allowed to do a particular job:

take/pass/fail an exam Candidates for supervisory jobs must take a written exam.
bar/civil-service/licensing exam

(Definition of “exam” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)