candidat libre


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In French, we call "candidat libre" someone who sits for an exam without being prepared by his school or by any official training center. in other words, this "candidat" is on his own, he has to take the exam even though he has not benefited from any specific training, he has had to do all the cramming by himself.
Is there an equivalent in English ?
  • Aupick

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    I would guess at "external candidate", but I don't know for sure.

    Here's an Irish site that uses it.
    Here's a British one.

    All American references to "external candidates" seem to be for jobs, not exams. :(
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