sitting v/s appearing - for an exam

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ardagini

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India - Urdu and Hindi
What's the difference between "sitting for an exam" and "appearing for an exam". Is it permitted to use them interchangeably? Let's say I have to take the driving test, would I be "sitting" for it or "appearing" for it?
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    We wouldn’t say either in AE, but a BE speaker will probably have a different answer.

    An AE speaker would be likely to say “I’m taking my driving test on Monday.”
     

    ardagini

    Member
    India - Urdu and Hindi
    We wouldn’t say either in AE, but a BE speaker will probably have a different answer.

    An AE speaker would be likely to say “I’m taking my driving test on Monday.”
    Thank you. So like, in any test / exam situation, AE speaker would not be "sitting" for it?
     

    Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    We typically sit an exam, we don't sit for an exam. This assumes it's a written exam. We wouldn't normally use "sit" for a practical driving test.
     
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