You might say "rather than repeat verbatim what they have been taught". I agree that "brain-dump" would not be appropriate for a formal essay.
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I want to know is there any corresponding or synonym word f or 'brain-dump' to use in formal essay?
I want to use that word in a formal essay and need to know is there any synonym for it?
Tests are meant to be challenging and will require a candidate to think about their response rather than just do a brain-dump of everything they know.
I had never come across "brain-dump" until now.
You could also use regurgitate what they have been taught.
I thought for a moment about it, but decided it was suitably Latinate.
PS: It's NOT what you're thinking of!
Last edited by charliedeut; 05-Jun-2014 at 09:04. Reason: Added PS
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.