The midterm can serve several purposes. First, it can tell students if they should adjust their study habits for the rest of the term or maintain them (if they perform poorly or well, respectively). It can also serve to tell a student who does very poorly to drop the class (many colleges have the last chance to drop classes a week or two after the first midterm). Also, midterms allow students to study for less material at semester's end, in those courses where the final examination is not cumulative. Furthermore, it gives feedback to the teacher or professor about their teaching style. Teachers may also give multiple exams, such as two or three, which makes each test really a third or quarter term exam.
- "Noun 1. midterm exam" (HTML). The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-05-12.