What do you call the document containing the questions, exercises or problems that students taking an exam are supposed to answer ?

I thought about "question sheet" by parallelism to "answer sheet", but I am looking for a word or expression that does not contain "question" because I am going to use this word later in the same sentence.

In French we say "énoncé" (lit. "utterance") or "sujet". I found about "subject" in relation to exams, but it seems to mean the topic/notions/field of knowledge the exam is about rather than the precise document and set of questions asked for a definite exam session.

I need to tell a student to better read the [énoncé] because they seem to have not seen or payed attention to a very easy question.

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    The exam or test is the document with the questions, as in "There was a major scandal when one of the students somehow managed to download a copy of the exam the day before it was to have been given."
    – Andrew
    Oct 31, 2018 at 22:50
  • You can use a word twice in the same sentence. If it is a noun you can use a pronoun on the second use, as long as the referent is clear. You should read the question again, as it is a very easy one which you should not have gotten wrong. Nov 1, 2018 at 11:14

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One word for a question sheet is a paper as in the Oxford Dictionary

3 British A set of examination questions to be answered at one session.

Example use:

we had to sit a three-hour paper

  • Also known as exam paper or examination paper. Oct 31, 2018 at 22:56

This can slightly vary depending on the country. As Weather Vane has said, "paper" can be used, but I believe that is more of a UK thing. In Canada, we would typically just say "exam" to reference the sheet. For example, before an exam starts, a teacher would say something like

I'm going to hand out the exam, do not look at it until I say so.

and then hand everyone an exam paper. Then, before you start writing, you would flip over the exam.

So, when talking about the physical sheet of questions, you can simply use "exam".

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