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    #1

    exam/test

    Hi,

    'How did you do on your maths exam/test?'

    What is the difference between 'exam' and 'test' here? Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: exam/test

    We can say "maths exam or test"
    but we cannot say driving exam, blood exam.
    we can say driving test, blood test.
    Exam is written or spoken test of knowledge.
    Test is a number of questions, exercises, jobs, etc. for measuring
    someone's skill, cleverness, or knowledge of a particular subject.
    an intelligence test, eye test and so on.....
    Test has got more general meaning than exam.
    Also test is used for an occasion of using something.
    Ex: a nuclear weapon test.

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    #3

    Re: exam/test

    Thank you houlun for your explanation. But I would like to know the difference between maths test/exam here. I mean when to use maths test or maths exam?

    Thank you a lot.


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    #4

    Re: exam/test

    'maths test' is usually used to describe a small end of unit/year test which is internally marked

    and 'maths exam' is usually used when the assessment is important and externally marked, i.e. national exams such as gcses

    i dont know if that helps or not

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    #5

    Re: exam/test

    Thanks, Funk. That helps.
    I would like to know if 'test' or 'exam' is correct to use in the following cases?

    How did you do on your final test/exam last semester?
    How did you do on your midterm test /exam this semester?

    Thank you a lot.

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    #6

    Re: exam/test

    In US schools, a "test" is a type of quiz that is given periodically throughout the year to review particular subjects covered in a recent period of time. For example, a teacher might say "study chapters five through eight this weekend, because we're going to have a test on them next week." An exam is a much longer, more involved type of test that covers topics covered in the previous three or four months. An exam grade usually counts for a large percentage of your overall grade in that subject. That is, you can get a bad grade on one or two tests, and still get a good final grade in the subject if you do well on all the other tests. But if you get a poor grade on an exam, that will affect your overall average and make it difficult to end up with a good final grade.

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    Re: exam/test

    Thanks, Ouisch.

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    #8

    Re: exam/test

    I thought tests had choices like a) b) ... to choose from; exams ,on the other hand, required you to write what you know.

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