ADJ. 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
VERB + EXAM 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
EXAM + VERB begin, start | be over, finish As soon as the exams are over I'm going on holiday.
EXAM + NOUN 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.
PREP. in an/the ~ He did badly in his maths exam. | ~ for an exam for school leavers | ~ in an exam in chemistry