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Hi,
Please consider the following context:

In Vietnam there are usually more than three prizes in a contest. That means there is not just one first, one second and one third prize but there can be more than one first, one second and one third prize. I know this is a bit difficult to understand, but I just don't know how to express myself better. Let me give an example:
The Vietnamese nationwide examination for good students. The highest mark is 20. If a student can get from 18 to 20 marks, they are classified into group 1; if they get from 15 to 17 marks they are classified into group 2; if they get from 12 to 14 marks, they are classified into group 3. Students in these three groups are considered passing the exam and will get a certificate and some reward. Others who don't get such high marks fail the exam. Trouble is, if a student passes the exam with 16 marks, can I say: 'He won the second prize in the nationwide exam for good students"? I'm just afraid it may cause misunderstanding: people may think that student is the one with the second highest score, while actually they are not.
Is there any other way to express this idea?

Thank you very much,
Nessie.
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Hi,
If this is a nationwide exam, is there not already an accepted way of saying this? Such things must be spoken of quite often.

Clive
Hi Clive,
This is a nationwide exam for high school students, and not just in English but all the subjects. For other subjects, all is in Vietnamese. For English, only the test is in English
and when somebody passes the exam, the result is definitely in Vietnamese. Emotion: smile
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Hi,
My question was intended to be 'Is there no accepted way in Vietnam to say this in English?'

Clive
Hi Clive,
I'm not sure if there is a way to say this in Vietnamese. As I said above, the result was in... Vietnamese, not English
Hi,

OK. How about saying 'He passed the exam in group 2'?

Clive
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Oh, the 'group' here is just a way I use to make you understand my question. I think if we say 'He passed the exam in group 2", neither Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese can understand

So in every contest in the UK or the US, there are only 3 prizes (together with some condolence prizes)?
Hi,

Oh, the 'group' here is just a way I use to make you understand my question. I think if we say 'He passed the exam in group 2", neither Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese can understand

Who is it that you want to make understand? Vietnamese people or English-speakers? People who are familiar with how this exam is marked? Or people who know nothing about the way the exam is marked?

So in every contest in the UK or the US, there are only 3 prizes (together with some condolence prizes)? No, I wouldn't say that. But most exams don't offer prizes at all. They just result in marks.

Best wishes, Clive
How about "He received a second-level passing mark."
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