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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An examination or contest that qualifies one to advance to the next level of accomplishment or competition.

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  • noun usually in the plural Qualifying exam. An exam taken by someone (usually a grad student or prospective grad student) to measure their mastery in something, usually an academic field.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for qualification and qualifying.]

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