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Also known colloquially as an end exam, the terminal examination is one which takes place on completion of the course of study. Examples include examinations for the award of a degree at the end of the period of undergraduate studies; and the external testing in General Certificate of Secondary Education subjects which takes place at the end of Key Stage 4. A terminal examination is a means of carrying out a summative assessment, rather than an ongoing formative evaluation of the candidate's performance.

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