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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Talking about tests    

Talking about tests



dobrawaa
Poland

Talking about tests
 
Hi,

I ve been thinking for a long time how to talk about tests.  Do you say,
Next week I will be writing a test on / from Maths?"

or

"Next week I am writing a test on / from Maths?"

I will be grateful for any suggestions!

Ania

24 Feb 2013      





MoodyMoody
United States

The most natural way to say it, I think, is "Next week I m taking a math test." (Maths is the British so "maths test" is okay.") Also acceptable is "Next week I m taking a test in math(s)." There s nothing wrong with using the future continuous; most Americans at least are too lazy to use the more complicated tense when present continuous will do just fine.

"Writing a test" is what teachers do when we prepare a test for the students. We take tests in a subject and on a particular topic. Example: "Next week I m taking a test on fractions." And high school students must pass a test from the state in order to graduate from high school. I hope this helps!

24 Feb 2013     



dobrawaa
Poland

Thank you!

24 Feb 2013     



Peter Hardy
Australia

The more correct form, following the intention, would be "I m going to write a test for next week."  Assuming you speak from the teacher s point of view.  I ve never heard a student talk about "going to take a test". They ll say "I have a math test next week". (In the present simple as it is scheduled.)  No on/from, and as we Aussies are lazy buggers too, we ll say "I m gonna write a test".
If you want to talk about it, simply say to your ss: "OK, guys, let s talk about a test. What you reckon?"  :-) 

24 Feb 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

How about, I m setting a maths test.

24 Feb 2013     



MoodyMoody
United States

Peter Hardy, we say "I have a math test next week" here in the States as well. Lynne, I ve never heard "setting a maths test" before; I ll have to remember that one.
 
So, dobrawaa, you have opinions from 3 different English-speaking countries. Take your pick.

24 Feb 2013     



zoemorosini
United States

I agree with MoodyMoody.

24 Feb 2013     



dobrawaa
Poland

Thank you Tongue

25 Feb 2013