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Variation vs variant

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      

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     

Russian Federation

Thank you for your clarification, dear redcamarocruiser.
I�ll bear that in mind. 

19 Apr 2021