on the exam or in the exam
I did well on the exam or in the exam. Which is correct?
I arrived late to this party, but I'll add my two cents.
American usage prefers "on the exam", but "in the exam" is also heard. I believe "in the exam" is more often used for oral-type exams -- one's PhD orals or the oral exams required for certain professional licenses.
Rahul is probably reflecting British English. If I were guess at the reason for the difference, it may be that the British view "exams" as a process or event -- "he is sitting for his exams" -- while Americans view "exams" more as a thing -- such as the paper the exam is written on.
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