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Test no longer taking half a day (4)

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exam

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'test' is the definition.
('exam' can be a synonym of 'test')

'no longer taking half a day' is the wordplay.
'no longer' becomes 'ex'.
'taking' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'half' means to take half the letters.
'a' becomes 'an'.
'day' becomes 'm' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'an' halved is 'a'.
'ex'+'a'+'m'='EXAM'

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for exam that I've seen before include "One might be taken for English", "One taken by candidate", "paper", "End-of-course assessment", "Formal knowledge test", "Important test", "Written test", "Test of knowledge", "Brief test" and "Scholastic test".)

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