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Test vs Exam

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  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,957 mod
    @Lynne hi,

    Here is my question:
    What is the difference between ˋ testˋ and ˋ examˋ? Iˋm sure youˋve written something about it anywhere here, but I canˋt find it.

    Today weˋve learnt in school about what makes a ˋ German Nomenˋ..The teachers were in university and are well educated.

    One of the English teachers is still bossy. If I were a man, I would run far far away. :)
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,880 mod
    An exam is a test, but not all tests are exams. :)

    You take both to show your knowledge or skill in a particular subject.

    Success in an exam results in some kind of certificate or qualification.

    Tests on the other hand may result in a certificate or qualification, but not always.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 903 ✭✭✭
    > @Lynne said:
    > An exam is a test, but not all tests are exams. :)
    Must a test always be a multiple-choice written task?
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 363 ✭✭✭
    @Hermine An exam is a more official, or more important, test. It is normally given at the end of a course, or at the end of a year. Sometimes there is a certificate or diploma for passing it, sometimes it only serves to test what you have learned in a particular course so that you may continue learning.

    Here are two examples:
    1) The entrance exam for Cambridge is very difficult. I hope I pass it so I can study archaeology there!
    2) I need to study/revise for my math exam next week. It's going to be 50% of my grade/mark in math!

    A test is simply a quiz. It can be for fun, or it can be for a grade/mark.

    Here are two examples:
    1) Did you take the 'How well do you know your boyfriend' test yet?
    2) My teacher gives us a test every Friday. I hate that.

    @Practical_Severard No, a test can be anything, it doesn't even have to be written. Multiple choice, Fill-in-the-blank, essay and error correction are some of the tasks give on written tests.

    Here is a good example of a non-written test: a test of manhood. This is when men do really stupid, painful or dangerous things to prove to their male friends how much of a man they are. That's a 'test of manhood'. :-)
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,957 mod
    Thanks @Lynne and @Larry_the_Zebra.

  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,957 mod
    edited February 2017
    The kids in school have pretty often to take a test. The teachers want to know if the kids got the stuff into their brains.
    At the moment weˋre working on Possessive Pronomen in English and weˋre are learning about interesting facts about how lyrics are build in German lessions.

    They take an exam two times in a semester (weˋve got two) in a main subject 1.) English, 2.) German-grammar and 3.) Mathematik. The exam has everything in theyˋve learnt by then.

    Some kids are so nervous before the sheets of paper are handed out. Poor kids, I feel with them.
    When Iˋm allowed to thelp the boy, Iˋm in the class , we try to get good marks.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,101 mod
    How old are the children @Hermine? I think it is so hard for little kids to have all these tests. Like you say, they get very nervous. Do they have homework?
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