1 the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes) [syn: scrutiny]
2 a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions" [syn: exam, test]
4 examination of conscience (as done daily by Jesuits) [syn: examen]
5 the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned [syn: testing]
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- A formal test involving answering written or oral questions with no access or limited access to text books etc.
- An inspection by a doctor or other medically qualified person to establish the extent and nature of any sickness or injury
inspection by a doctor
To examine somebody or something is to inspect it closely; hence, an examination is a detailed inspection or analysis of an object or person.
In an academic or professional context, examinations (or exams for short) are tests which aim to determine the ability of a student or a prospective practitioner. Exams are usually written tests, although some may be practical or have practical components, and vary greatly in structure, content and difficulty depending on the subject, the age group of the tested persons and the profession. A person who passes an examination receives a diploma, a driving or professional licence, depending on the examination's objectives. A competitive examination is an examination where applicants compete for a limited number of positions, as opposed to merely having to reach a certain level to pass.
A comprehensive examination is a specific type of exam taken by graduate students, which may determine their eligibility to continue their studies.
In the UK an examination is usually supervised by an invigilator. The invigilator is responsible for the smooth running of the examination, and for ensuring that there is no cheating.
- Physical examination
- Driver's license
- Test (student assessment)
examination in German: Prüfung
examination in French: Examen
examination in Japanese: 試験
examination in Russian: Экзамен
examination in Swedish: Examination
examination in Chinese: 考试
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