E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
In Oxford a contracted form of moderations. The three necessary examinations in Oxford are the Smalls, the Mods, and the Greats. No one can take a class till he has passed the Mods. There are no Mods at Cambridge.
While I was reading for Mods I was not so unsettled in my mind.-Grant Allen: The Backslider, part iii.