Word for Wednesday: Exam

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September's Word for Wednesday theme is school

So far, we’ve looked at the words semester, teacher, pupil, and uniform. Our final word for September is exam.

An exam is a formal set of questions or exercises that evaluate a particular skill or knowledge. In schools, exams are often set at the end of a term or a year to assess a student’s progress.

Exam has been used as an abbreviation for examination since 1848, when it was a slang word used by college students.

Examination comes from the Old French ‘examinacion’, from the Latin ‘examinare’ meaning ‘to ponder’ or ‘to consider’. The word took on the meaning ‘test’ in the 1610s.

29 Sep 2021
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