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Why do so many people say ‘giving GMAT’ ??? Isn’t it the very basic grammar that a test is ‘taken’!
Am I missing on an advanced grammar rule here?

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Why do so many people say ‘giving GMAT’ ??? Isn’t it the very basic grammar that a test is ‘taken’!
Am I missing on an advanced grammar rule here?

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You are right... that's an indicator of an international applicant. In may languages, the concept is to "pass the test" rather than "take the test" and often the international expressions originate when people used to "turn their tests in" as opposed to take them on a computer.

I gave up correcting people after a while, but I did collect a few funny expressions....https://gmatclub.com/forum/bschool-ling ... 32204.html

I should add giving GMAT in there.
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New post 05 Aug 2019, 02:58
Yes. One always 'takes' a test, not 'give' it
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TakingThePlunge wrote:
Why do so many people say ‘giving GMAT’ ??? Isn’t it the very basic grammar that a test is ‘taken’!

I believe this could be because a literal language translation from some non-English languages to English would result in giving GMAT (rather than taking it).

A lot of heart however, has to be taken from the fact that GMAT does not test you on such usages :)
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