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A test or examination (informally, exam or evaluation) is an educational assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or classification in many other topics (e.g., beliefs). A test may be administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a predetermined area that requires a test taker to demonstrate or perform a set of skills.
Tests vary in style, rigor and requirements. There is no general consensus or invariable standard for test formats and difficulty. Often, the format and difficulty of the test is dependent upon the educational philosophy of the instructor, subject matter, class size, policy of the educational institution, and requirements of accreditation or governing bodies.
A test may be administered formally or informally. An example of an informal test is a reading test administered by a parent to a child. A formal test might be a final examination administered by a teacher in a classroom or an IQ test administered by a psychologist in a clinic. Formal testing often results in a grade or a test score. A test score may be interpreted with regards to a norm or criterion, or occasionally both. The norm may be established independently, or by statistical analysis of a large number of participants.
A test may be developed and administered by an instructor, a clinician, a governing body, or a test provider. In some instances, the developer of the test may not be directly responsible for its administration. For example, Educational Testing Service (ETS), a nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization, develops standardized tests such as the SAT but may not directly be involved in the administration or proctoring of these tests.

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  1. Zeynaz

    Testing Tips for Taking a Physics Test

    I will be taking a very important Physics test next week based on advanced physics topics. I realized that generally i am able to solve the questions successfully on my own. But the problem is when i take mock exams i seem to get “panicked” and miss details, or use wrong values. After the exam I...
  2. ISamson

    Admissions Finding GATE Exam Practice/Samples -- Help Please

    Hello. My Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) exam is upcoming in a few months, and I am having trouble finding practice and samples. I am in Y7 right now, exam is next year and I am trying to enter an advanced school for year 9. I live in Western Australia, but please do not restrict an answer...
  3. R

    Testing First physics exam

    I got accepted to UCD this fall and am now taking physics. I have been working really hard, I read the book, did the work - which was very challenging and I didn't do very well on it. So I have been working even harder. It's okay to mess up on homework, but the work is surprisingly challenging...
  4. J

    Pressure, Volume, and Temperature at a Point in a Thermodynamic Cycle

    Homework Statement Question: https://imgur.com/a/8rUw1 Graph: https://imgur.com/a/Z1oBO Homework Equations Answer for Q1 (Just the formula) : https://imgur.com/a/uesqN The Attempt at a Solution I have realised that from 1-2, there is an increase in pressure, decrease in volume and increase...
  5. Cozma Alex

    A site that explains the physics behind particle Accelerators?

    Please, can you give me a site where the physics of particle accelerators is explaimed with numbers and equations to high school Level? I found the site of the department of Energy and the cern but there are not equations like the lorentz force and the oscillating fields... I need something a...
  6. JoePhysics

    A Problems from Lev Landau's "Theoretical Minimum"

    It seems Lev Landau created an entry exam to test his students, and the exam was known to be ridiculously hard. To get an idea as to how hard the test really was, I've been scouring the Internet for problems Landau proposed... so far I've managed to find only four. Electrodynamics A dielectric...
  7. B

    Testing Failure on statics exam?

    Hello all, I am a 19 year old female currently in my first semester of engineering school. I have taken other classes such as Physics I and Calculus I & II and done pretty well in them. Today I got my statics exam score back and received a 60%...the average was a 72%. A 60% puts me at the very...
  8. K

    Work done by a 20% efficient heat engine

    I had an exam last week and I just got it back today. On the exam was a question that I got wrong even though his wording was terrible (he's from India) and I feel that it was not clearly expressed what he was saying. The question is: "A heat engine is 20% efficient. If it absorbs 500 J of heat...
  9. F

    Rotation speed for a satellite

    Homework Statement A geostationary satellite is located at 0'N 0'E (degrees), 36000 km above a spherical Earth with radius R(earth) = 6370 km. To scan the fieldof view, the satellite rotates around its own axis(oriented parallel to the Earth's rotation axis). It records one (constant latitude)...
  10. Domenico94

    Wye Delta transformation

    Homework Statement What can be special cases, in the study of electrical circuits, in which one can not apply wye delta transformation? Can someone graph them in some way? Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution
  11. J

    Calc 1 practice exam question -- finding the y intercept of the tangent line

    I was given the equation of a polynomial told to find the derivative. easy enough. Then asked to give the equation of the tangent line which I've only learned how to get in the form of the question: "find the equation of the tangent line at x=" They gave me the equation of a line parallel to...
  12. ATY

    Spin eigenvalues

    Hey guys, I really need your help. I have an exam tomorrow and no idea how to solve this task. Sorry for my bad english (did not use it for a long time). I hope that I translated the task correctly so that you might be able to help me. So We have two particles with spin=1 which means they have...
  13. S

    Debate with teacher about physics question

    In a recent exam, the question came up ""If the object has zero acceleration the object must be at rest" is this statement: A: Always true B: True in space C: Sometimes true D: Never true" Obviously we can cross of the first two, but for the other two its not so easy, for this question I...
  14. AdityaDev

    Police officer caught copying in law examination

    A senior police officer was caught cheating in an LLM exam by the invigilator at a college near my place. He was writing his LLM annual examination on constitutional law and was found carrying photocopies of the subject...
  15. A

    Help with interference question AH physics? exam tomorrow :(

    Could someone please explain this question to me I'll include what I thought the answer was and the actual SQA answers. Please can you read my answer just to see what I'm doing wrong and what I don't understand It's from the 2009 past paper AH physics Thanks so much I really appreciate any...
  16. A

    Question about the properties of inductive circuits?

    I'm studying for my prelim and am trying to understand inductance better based on some questions I have done I've come up with these statements can anyone confirm they are true the back emf in an inductive circuit at any given time equal to the voltage across the inductor I initially thought...
  17. Chemer

    How much to research and study .

    Hi, everyone. I just wanted your advice as at bachelors level, how much material you need to study for a topic? For example, if you're asked to describethe valance bond theory applications in chemistry, should I study and write the points of VBT and give 4-5 applications and explain the theory...
  18. eseefreak

    Discrete math study strategy - Tips and advice!

    Hi everyone, I haven't been successful in Discrete Math this semester. I have finished all of the calculus I-III series and I did very well. I want to know if anyone can give me some tips on how to study for my final coming up in a few days. Now, I understand that is a vague question but I am...
  19. M

    Testing SAT subject tests and ACT

    Hi, I don't know if this is the best place to post thia, but I'll give it a try :-) I'm taking the SAT subject tests physics, math level I and level II, and the ACT test thia coming year. As I'm not following a high school curriculum, and am merely studying on my own, I really have no idea of...
  20. K

    Exam question that I have no idea how to solve (regarding forces and mass)

    1. The problem statement Peter threw 10 (same) coins into an empty container (a tube/drum), which was floating in A LIQUID. The diameter of the container was 2,257 cm, and so because the container is a tube the surface of the tube was equal to π times the diameter squared. He measured, after 4...
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