What is testing?

  • (noun): The act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned.
    Synonyms: examination
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on testing:

National Curriculum Assessment - Criticisms
... lives, and that the principal purpose of national curriculum testing is for school league tables ... In its 2008 report into National Testing, the House of Commons, the Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families registered its concern with the current testing arrangements ...
Allergic Rhinitis - Allergy Testing
... Allergy testing may reveal the specific allergens to which an individual is sensitive ... Skin testing is the most common method of allergy testing ... is dissolved and dropped onto the lower eyelid as a means of testing for allergies ...
Marilyn Vos Savant - Errors in The Column
... column, published on 25 December 2011, a reader asked I manage a drug-testing program for an organization with 400 employees ... Every three months, a random-number generator selects 100 names for testing ... was The probability remains 25 percent, despite the repeated testing ...
Negative Predictive Value
... In statistics and diagnostic testing, the negative predictive value (NPV) is a summary statistic used to describe the performance of a diagnostic testing procedure ... In the familiar context of medical testing, a high NPV means that the test only rarely misclassifies a sick person as being healthy ...

More definitions of "testing":

  • (noun): The act of subjecting to experimental test in order to determine how well something works.
    Example: "They agreed to end the testing of atomic weapons"
  • (noun): An examination of the characteristics of something.
    Example: "There are laboratories for commercial testing"; "it involved testing thousands of children for smallpox"

Famous quotes containing the word testing:

    Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best 20-20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go.
    Robert M. Pirsig (b. 1928)

    Today so much rebellion is aimless and demoralizing precisely because children have no values to challenge. Teenage rebellion is a testing process in which young people try out various values in order to make them their own. But during those years of trial, error, embarrassment, a child needs family standards to fall back on, reliable habits of thought and feeling that provide security and protection.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century)

    Is this testing whether I’m a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?
    David Webb Peoples, U.S. screenwriter, and Ridley Scott. Rachel, Blade Runner, being tested to determine if she is human or machine (1982)