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Give Exam – Take Exam

By on Sep 10, 2009 | 8 comments

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I’m no English expert but it it sounds so bad when people say “I’m giving CAT”, “I’m giving GATE”, “I’m giving test”. You never ‘give’ exam. You always ‘take’ a test.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

The Big K


  1. Tanmay

    September 11, 2009

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    See u have to give anything that you take.
    So first you take the exam and then you give it !

  2. smita

    September 14, 2009

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    Come to think of it, “english” is actually an integral paper in all these exams you mentioned. Perhaps people can start their preparations from here itself 😀

    And yes, it is TAKING a test, not GIVING a test.

  3. Mayur

    September 23, 2009

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    You actually take the papers and give your answers. Because other wise you can not justify why should we ‘take’ an exam.

    The correct usage, in fact, is “I’m going to write an exam”

  4. Abhijeet Deshpande

    July 6, 2011

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    This is funny. 
    Think this from the other point of view:
    Examiner “takes” the test, so the candidate will obviously “give” it. 

    • The Big K

      July 6, 2011

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      Examiner never takes the test. Candidate ‘takes’ the test. Examiner ‘examines’ the test. 

      • Abhijeet Deshpande

        July 6, 2011

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        Actually, “taking” should be taken in the context of “conducting”.
        Consider the following examples and draw your conclusion. 
        1. Taking a poll, giving a poll

        2. Election commission conducts a poll, and people give their vote.

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