​ Tips for short answer questions

  • Make a list of important definitions and learn them.
  • Learn to be concise in thinking about and preparing for the interpretations.
In the Examination:
  • Get straight to the point.
  • Do not waste time
  • Do not do ground preparation as you would do for long essays.
Your Answers Must be:
  • Organised.
  • Relevant.
  • Clear.
The question will want you to identify essential points certain aspects of a problem or a theory and show that you have an understanding of it.Remember that examinations are not only asking you to reproduce knowledge but also apply it.

Read the questions CAREFULLY! Ask yourself, what are they specifically asking? Overall, give a specific, clear, to the point explanation.
How to do that:
  1. Get right to the point Don't rewrite the question!
  2. Answer in specific terms, not in general. A good way to do this is to use examples: from the readings, the class, or the real world. Being able to apply the material and theories of the course to the real world in a goal in this course.
  3. When using examples, make sure that it is clear why you are using that particular example to answer the question.
  4. When making general statements, such as "with proper information, parks can be greatly improved," be sure to follow them up with answers to questions such as who, what, why and how.
  5. Avoid making all encompassing statements, such as using the words "all," "every," "no one," etc. unless they are true.
  6. Be prepared to defend every statement you make with recognized facts. For example, if you make a statement, follow it up with a quote from the text or other recognized authority or a specific example.

Tips for short answer test preperation

pay attention to the themes, topics and content
  • Try to anticipate what questions will be asked on the test and put together a set of practice questions you can use to prepare yourself for the actual test.
  • use flashcards is an effective way to prepare for short answer tests. Write key terms, dates and concepts on the front of each card and the definition, event and explanation on the back.
  • You rarely get penalized for trying to answer a question on short answer test -- even if you don't exactly know the answer. Try to answer all the questions even if you're not certain about your answer. Make sure to show your work, share your thoughts, and jot down any relevant facts or information.
  • If you come across a question and you don't know the answer to skip it and come back to it later. Other questions on the test may provide you clues to what the correct answer may be.
  • Some short answers may have more than one answer. Make sure to reach each question carefully to make sure you provide everything in your answer that the question is asking for.

Prepare for the test by using a summary sheet.

dont be concerned with grammar and punctuation
make sure you directly answer the questions
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More tips:
external image check.gifAnticipate questions that will be asked on the test and prepare accordingly. Usually what your teaxher concentrates most on in class, will be on the test.
external image check.gifDon't leave an answer blank. Give a guess and who your work. Even if you don't get the exact answer, sometimes credit is rewarded.
external image check.gifIf you don't know the answer, come back to it after you finish the rest of the test and make a guess. Sometimes you can get some clues from other parts of the test.
external image check.gifIf you can think up of more than one answer for a question, choose the most best suited one.
external image check.gifRead the question carefully and make sure that you answer everything that it asks for. Some short answer questions have multiple parts.
----Contribution by Sushmita Dhekne

Even more tips
  • sometimes you can get an answer by doing it backwards, elminating the wrong answer
  • make a smart guess, do not randomly answer quesiton.. EVER

----contributed by Masaki SAI

1. Study facts
. Short-answer tests are recall tests. To prepare, concentrate on vocabulary and key details. Use flashcards, writing the key terms, dates and concepts on the front and the definition, event, and explanation or the back.
2. Be sure you answer the question.
Answer what you are asked to do. Some short answer questions have multiple parts. Try not to leave an answer blank, show your work/write down your thoughts, even if you don’t get the exact answer, partial credit is usually given.
3. Write clearly and briefly
. Focus on providing the important points in a clear and concise manner. Don’t be too wordy. If you can think up more than one answer for a question, ask the instructor what to do.
4. Look for links in ideas
. As you read the sentence, substitute the work blank for the blank. This helps you figure out what’s missing and how the sentence will sound when complete.
5. Use common sense to make sure your answer is logical
. The correct answer is the one that best answers the question. Try to anticipate questions that will be asked on the test and prepare for them. Usually what your instructor emphasizes in class will be on the test.
6. If you don’t know the answer
, come back to it after you finish the rest of the test and make an educated guess. Often, other parts of the test may give you clues to what the answer may be.
----------Contributed by Pallavi Nair-----