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    oral examination vs verbal examination

    Do I take an oral or verbal examination as opposed to a written test?
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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do I take an oral or verbal examination as opposed to a written test?
    This might differ across regions. An "oral examination" is what a dentist does. But here, it can also be a viva voce, ie a spoken exam.
    "Verbal exam" is also used - as long as it's clear that you'll be tested on more than just verbs!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_exam

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    It's been discussed many times in the forum but I'm going to ask you again. Do I demonstrate my knowledge in the spoken exam or on the spoken exam?

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    My Oxford Dictionary marks 'in her exams' as 'BrE' and 'on her exams', 'NAmE'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    It's been discussed many times in the forum but I'm going to ask you again.
    Why? Do you think the answer has changed?
    Note that Matthew's answer probably refers to exams in general (in US), where you generally write 'on' the answer sheet.
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jun-2014 at 03:08. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    In the US, we have oral exams. It would be clear from the context whether that was an academic setting in which you demonstrate your knowledge talking about the subject or that was in a dentist's chair.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    So I could use 'on' for both an oral and written exam?

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    Re: oral examination vs verbal examination

    In BrE, you could use:

    How did you do in your oral exam?
    How did you do at your oral exam?
    How did you do on your oral exam?

    I would equate "in" and "on" with the actual result, but I might use "at" a few minutes after someone took that exam and I would be asking for their opinion as to how it went.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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