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josesmelo Oct 17th, 2007 06:03 pm

Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
Which one is correct? Are both correct?

thank you so much!
josesmelo

mesmark Oct 17th, 2007 06:17 pm

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
They are both correct but different.

Diagnosis is the naming of a disease by a doctor given the signs and symptoms.

A diagnostic test is a test the hospital runs to get the information they need to make a diagnosis or rule out a diagnosis.

Does that help?

josesmelo Oct 17th, 2007 07:41 pm

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
I was thinking in educational terms. Is there such thing as a diagnosis test? Or should I say diagnostic test? Are both correct? I mean the test at the beginning of a unit/year.
Thank you so much!
josesmelo

susan53 Oct 18th, 2007 01:21 am

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
Diagnostic is the adjective while diagnosis is the noun. So you would do a Diagnostic Test but (in ESL) could also talk about it as being a Language Diagnosis. I tend to use the two terms interchangeably.

josesmelo Oct 18th, 2007 05:07 pm

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
thank you very much, Susan.

mesmark Oct 19th, 2007 10:15 am

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
Quote:

Quote susan53 (Post 11775)
Diagnostic is the adjective while diagnosis is the noun. So you would do a Diagnostic Test but (in ESL) could also talk about it as being a Language Diagnosis. I tend to use the two terms interchangeably.

Would a 'language diagnosis' deal with a medical, physical, or mental capacity problem? Same for 'diagnostic test'?

Both would seem so to me.

susan53 Oct 23rd, 2007 02:17 pm

Re: Diagnosis/diagnostic test
 
Why does it have to be a problem? doesn't "diagnosis" just mean "finding out how things are" ?? From the Greek "gnosis", knowledge. Problems, like beauty, are sometimes in the eye of the beholder .... :))


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