An exam is a test. Many high school and college classes have a midterm exam and a final exam.

The word exam is short for examination, from 19th century student slang. An exam usually takes place in a class and consists of questions that test a student's knowledge. Sometimes the word describes a medical test of some kind, like an eye exam, a dental exam, or a physical exam. Rather than testing knowledge or skill, these exams are procedures meant to diagnose or rule out illnesses.

Definitions of exam
  1. noun
    a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
    synonyms: examination, test
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    bar exam, bar examination
    an examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction
    comp, comprehensive, comprehensive examination
    an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge
    entrance exam, entrance examination
    examination to determine a candidate's preparation for a course of studies
    final, final exam, final examination
    an examination administered at the end of an academic term
    litmus test
    a test that relies on a single indicator
    midterm, midterm exam, midterm examination
    an examination administered in the middle of an academic term
    oral, oral exam, oral examination, viva, viva voce
    an examination conducted by spoken communication
    prelim, preliminary exam, preliminary examination
    an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue
    an examination consisting of a few short questions
    exam paper, examination paper, question sheet, test paper
    a written examination
    final honors degree examinations at Cambridge University
    pop quiz
    a quiz given without prior warning
    type of:
    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  2. noun
    a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
    synonyms: checkup, examination, health check, medical, medical checkup, medical exam, medical examination
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    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
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