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General words for exams and taking exams

borderline

adjective

not good enough to definitely pass an examination

candidate

noun

someone who is taking an examination

certificate

noun

an official document stating that you have passed an examination, successfully completed a course, or achieved the necessary qualifications to work in a particular profession

crib

noun

a sheet of paper or piece of work containing information that a student uses for cheating in an examination

crib sheet

noun

a sheet of paper containing information that a student uses dishonestly in an examination

exam

noun

an important test of your knowledge, especially one that you take at school or university

exam

noun

relating to an exam or exams

examination

noun

an exam 1

examiner

noun

someone whose job is to test people’s knowledge or ability

exam paper

noun

the list of questions that someone must answer during an examination

exam paper

noun

the paper that you write your answers on in an examination

invigilate

verb

to watch students who are taking an examination in order to make sure that they do not cheat. Someone who does this is called an invigilator.

mock

adjective

a mock test, interview etc is one that you do in order to practise for a real one

mock

noun

an examination that you take for practice before an important examination

moderate

verb

to check that the marks given in an examination are fair and correct

moderation

noun

the process of checking that the marks given in an examination are fair and correct

moderator

noun

someone whose job is to check that the marks given in an examination are fair and correct

multiple-choice

adjective

giving you several answers from which you have to choose the one that you think is correct

paper

noun

an examination, or the answers that a student has written

proctor

noun

someone who invigilates examinations

rubric

noun

a set of instructions at the beginning of a document, for example at the top of an examination paper

script

noun

a set of papers that a student writes their answers on in an examination

set

verb

to produce questions or an examination paper for students to answer

test

noun

a set of written or spoken questions used for finding out how much someone knows about a subject. A test is less formal than an exam

testing

noun

the activity of giving someone or something an examination, or of checking something to find out if it works

through

adjective, adverb, preposition

if you get through an examination or test, you succeed in passing it

unseen

noun

a piece of writing in a foreign language that you have to translate without having seen it before, especially as part of an examination

invigilation

noun

proctor

verb

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