US: /ɪɡˈzæm/
UK: /ɛɡzˈæm/

English Vietnamese dictionary

exam /ig'zæm/
  • danh từ
    • (thông tục) (viết tắt) của examination

Advanced English dictionary

(also formal examination)
+ noun
a formal written, spoken or practical test, especially at school or college, to see how much you know about a subject, or what you can do: to take an exam + (formal) to sit an exam + to pass / fail an exam + (BrE) to mark an exam + (AmE) to grade an exam + an exam paper + I got my exam results today. + (BrE) She did well in her exams. + (AmE) She did well on her exams. + A lot of students suffer from exam nerves. + He's practising hard for his piano exam.
Help Note: Use take / do / sit an exam not write an exam.
exam / examination / test / quiz
Exam is the usual word for a written, spoken or practical test at school or college, especially an important one that you need to do in order to get a qualification. Examination is a very formal word. A test is something that students might be given in addition to, or sometimes instead of, regular exams, to see how much they have learned. A very short informal test is called a quiz in AmE. Quiz in both AmE and BrE also means a contest in which people try to answer questions: a trivia quiz + a quiz show.

Collocation dictionary


difficult, stiff | easy | entrance, matriculation, placement | end of term/year, final | professional, school | chemistry, French, geography, etc. | external | mock
I did badly in the mock exam but passed the real thing.
| multiple choice, oral, practical, written


prepare for, revise for, study for
I can't go out because I'm revising for end of year exams.
| do, sit, take
When do you sit your final exams?
| resit, retake | do well in, pass, scrape through
In spite of her worries, she passed the exam with flying colours. I wrote two awful essays and was lucky to scrape through the exam.
| do badly in, fail, flunk | cheat in
Candidates found cheating in any exam will be disqualified from all their exams.
| set
The final exam is set by a board of professors.
| administer, invigilate | mark


begin, start | be over, finish
As soon as the exams are over I'm going on holiday.


practice, preparation, revision | paper, question | marks, results | failure, pass | technique | nerves
Most students suffer from exam nerves to some extent.
| fee | time
There is a subdued atmosphere in the school at exam time.
| format
The exam format has been changed to include multiple choice questions.
| board
The regional exam boards all get together regularly to ensure equal standards.


in an/the ~
He did badly in his maths exam.
| ~ for
an exam for school leavers
| ~ in
an exam in chemistry

Concise English dictionary

+a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge