Test vs. exam

Discussion in 'English Only' started by HyphenSpider, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. HyphenSpider

    HyphenSpider Senior Member

    Catalonia
    Spanish, Spain
    Hi people!

    In response to the following...

    can I say this??:

    LoL. I'd already figured out that it was hard and you hadn't answered all the questions properly ;) xD That's usually the reason why one fails an exam isn't it? :D lol

    One more question. What's the difference between test and exam? If they're the same, do you use them both equally?

    Thank you very much (!)
     
  2. difficult cuss Senior Member

    English England
    Often a test is more of an informal situation (perhaps less important?). Ten questions at the end of a language lesson could be a test, not an exam.
     
  3. HyphenSpider

    HyphenSpider Senior Member

    Catalonia
    Spanish, Spain
    Oh ok, then I think it's the same difference as in Spanish. What about the text I wrote? Is it correct?

    Thanks again,
     
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    It depends on where you intend to write this - the use of chatspeak terms such as lol and xD is not acceptable in this forum, for example. Otherwise, it is good English. I might choose to omit why in the second sentence.

    Test and exam are, generally, as difficult cuss says.

    Edit: I'm not surprised that whoever sent the original sentence failed the English test.
     

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