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Variation vs variant



niksailor
Russian Federation

Variation vs variant
 
Dear colleagues,
 
I�ve always wondered if different versions of the same test (say, the test on some grammar and vocabulary) are VARIANTS of this test or, rather, VARIATIONS? Supposing you�ve decided to give some of your students Test A and the others, thus, are going to be given Test B. Both are, for example, are based on the materials of Unit 1. So, do we call Tests A and B variants of the Unit 1 Test or do we call them variations? Is there a major difference? I�m a bit puzzled ... 

18 Apr 2021      



redcamarocruiser
United States

Hi Niksailor, I would call the test an alternate version (or a second version). Variant to me fits better to a virus, etc. like a mutation. Variation fits to a musical or literary piece. There are many variations of Cinderella.

18 Apr 2021     



niksailor
Russian Federation

Thank you for your clarification, dear redcamarocruiser.
Ill bear that in mind. 

19 Apr 2021