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‘Examination’ implies a detailed scrutiny of an object, usually involving a microscope. In school examinations, it is the pupil who is under scrutiny. At the conclusion of a course of study, the final examination determines how much the pupil has learnt; or at least, how much he or she can regurgitate in the time allowed.

In schools, examinations are usually referred to in the abbreviation ‘exams’. They take place at the end of a course, or, in the case of a modular exam, at the end of a chunk of the course. Continuous assessment is a different concept to a final exam, as it takes place during the course and can be based, for example, on a pupil's contribution in lessons.

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