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School and university examinations and tests

the ACT

American College Test: a set of tests that someone must take before they are admitted to some US colleges and universities

A level

noun

examination in one of several subjects that students in England and Wales must take in their final year at school or college before going to university

AS level

noun

an examination taken by students in England and Wales after their GCSEs and before their final year of school or college, usually at the age of 17. AS levels are part of the A level qualification.

baccalaureate

noun

an examination that you take when you are 18 years old in France and some other countries that allows you to study at a university

bar exam

noun

an examination that people must pass in order to become a barrister (=a lawyer who has the right to speak in a higher court of law)

the boards

noun

board exams

board exams

noun

a set of tests you take in order to go to some colleges or universities in the US

Class 10 Exam

noun

an examination taken by students in India, usually at the age of 15 or 16. The student’s future course of study depends on the results of this examination

cloze test

noun

a test in which students write missing words in the spaces provided in a piece of writing to show that they understand it

comprehension

noun

an exercise that tests how well students understand a language, or that helps them to improve their understanding of it, in which they read a piece of writing or listen to someone speaking, and then answer questions

eleven-plus

noun

an examination taken in the past by children in the UK at the age of eleven to decide which kind of school they would go to

finals

noun

the last set of examinations that students take before they finish at a college or university

final

noun

the last examination that students take before they finish a class at a school or university

GCSE

noun

General Certificate of Secondary Education: an examination in a wide range of subjects taken by students in England and Wales, usually at the age of 15 or 16

higher

noun

in Scotland, a school examination for students between the ages of 16 and 18

HSC

noun

Higher School Certificate: a qualification that students in Australia get when they successfully complete their education at school

international baccalaureate

noun

a set of examinations that is used in many countries as a qualification for going to university

MCAT

noun

Medical College Admissions Test: an examination that is taken by someone who wants to enter medical school in the US

O level

noun

an examination taken in the past by students aged 15 or 16 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Since 1988 students have taken examinations called GCSEs.

oral

noun

a spoken examination, especially in a foreign language

pop quiz

noun

a short test given to students without any preparation to check that they have been studying

practical

noun

an examination or lesson in which you make things or do experiments

resit

noun

an examination that is taken again by someone who failed it previously

retake

noun

an act of taking an examination again because you failed it on the previous occasion

SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test: in the US, an examination in school subjects that high school students must take before they can go to college or university

SATS

noun

Standard Assessment Tasks: in the UK, a set of tests in maths, English, and science that children take when they are seven, ten, and thirteen years old so that schools can judge their ability and progress

viva

noun

a viva voce

viva voce

noun

an oral examination, especially at a university, in which a student answers questions in an interview with the examiner

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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