Short Answer questions can be difficult for students. While not as lengthy as an essay question, you are still expected to cover enough material in the question to get full marks.
Unlike multiple choice and true/false questions, short answer questions have no possible answers written down for you—you have to recall and summarize ideas in your own words.
Despite the added difficulty, there are still some tricks you can use when writing responses to short answer questions.
Here are some typical words (instructions) you might find in a short-answer test and their meaning. Understanding the question ensures that you respond to it fully—and earn full marks!
|Examine qualities/characteristics to determine similarities.
|Write clear, specific definitions.
|Provide main points with supporting details.
|Analyze information, list pros/cons.
|Clarify and interpret material.
|Discuss advantages and limitations.