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An examination, usually internally set and marked, which is designed to give candidates experience of the examination process, as well as to identify areas of weakness in their knowledge and understanding which they need to improve before sitting the examination proper. It is commonly used in schools to prepare pupils for public examinations such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education and General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examinations. It can also be used in higher education, from first degree right up to doctorate level, where it is not uncommon for a candidate to be given a mock viva in preparation for the real event. Such examinations are often referred to simply as ‘mocks’.

Subjects: Education.


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