I disagree with you.test is the only word that fits,with the usage of the word "exam",you may succeed in getting the point across but it is always entrance "test"Really, it's the choice of the user. I believe that "exam" is used more often with "entrance".
Thanks, rodoke, for the helpful information.As far as I can tell, exam and test are interchangeable when used alone. In my experience, there are certain compounds that where one or the other is preferred. Some examples I can think of:
In my country, there are distinct differences between a test and an examination. For academic institution, tests are conducted frequently (monthly for example) but the scope is typically limited to the current module/topics that one have just learned.What are the differences between test, exam and quiz?
I used to say that I have to take a TOEFL test, but one friend said it should be TOEFL exam. Is he right? What about midterm exam or final exam? In such case, can I say that I have a midterm test or final test? Very confusing!! Need your help!!
A 'test' covers both 'quiz' and 'exam'.
A 'quiz' is usually a short test. An 'exam' is usually a longer test.
Certain fixed expressions will use one of these forms over the other, e.g., a 'pop quiz', a 'mid-term exam', etc.
I am not certain, but it may be that in those contexts, TOEFL is better paired with 'exam' (perhaps because the word 'test' is already in the acronym?).
As a side, 'toefl exam' yields 1,950,000 results on Google, while 'toefl test' yields 1,550,000.
As to your last couple of questions, the answer is, no; 'mid-term test' and 'final test' are not what native speakers who are using these terms in the context of the education system would say. Of course, no one would ever be confused about what you were talking about; if you did use 'test', it would just sound strange.
I hope this offers some insight.