Unlike the others who have commented, I agree. I'm from the US, and I rarely use the word "exam" for school tests. We used "finals" rather than "final exams." I notice that my Canadian husband uses the word "exam" much more for academic tests. I think of "exam" as what happens when I go to the doctor's office. Probably regional or national differences in English.
Maybe it is regional. I'm also Canadian. I think of a "test" (in education) as one of the smaller ones you do during the year, whereas the "exam" (or "examination") is the one you do at the end of a term, or the final one at the end of the year - the big one.
For driving: my driver's test.
Edit: For the doctor, I'd call it an "examination," (probably not "exam" here, but maybe that's' just me) for the entire thing (annual physical, for example - physical examination, because it's the doctor examining me) but blood and urine tests.
Hi Hohenems, languages and habits or culture are not to be placed in a so simple way. Red is not red for everyone, it can be "bordeaux" or "soft red" or "bloodred", or means warmth or danger. I agree with George. Your post has a rather impulsive and therefore by the way sympathetical sound. Cheers, Lu
I agree Alastair, that was my answer too. I thought of a context where the person would be studying for a test, but could not study hard for some reason and the scenario of not passing it was freaking him/her out. But "in the end" all went well and the test was not a problem, which fits perfectly with this meaning of "finalement".
I don't know Alastair. The term "finalement" indicates that he had done (quite) some effort to succeed in the test, but "enfin" is a so subtle word with several meanings. And we have less context. So perhaps it is better to take "finalement" (en fin de compte, pour en finir) to give the sentence the most general possible communication form. What do you think? Best wishes, Lu.
http://bdl.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/bdl/gabarit_bdl.asp?id=2168 Nowadays "réussir un examen" is like idiomatic but strictly grammatical the verb would be followed by a preposition (à, en, dans)., as you have "réussir à faire quelque chose" ✒ to succeed in doing something. In the link you can observe other sentences with the verb "réussir".