Exam short answer question
Short answer questions usually take the form of a brief question or prompt that requires a written answer normally no more than a few sentences. Sometimes a good paragraph is required. What is required will depend on the marks available for each question, and the time available for that section.
Short answer questions are usually based on key terms and concepts.
- Learn specific pieces of information in detail but not word-for-word.
- Collect relevant examples and supporting evidence for each concept.
- Learn the points of difference between similar terms and concepts.
Strategies for answering questions
- Keep your answers to one paragraph and include key words or phrases. Your answer will not usually be more than half a page, and may be less, depending on marks allocation for the question.
- Organise your ideas logically, briefly, and concisely.
- Focus on the points, keywords, ideas or phrases the examiner was be looking for when the question was designed.
- Answer the specific questions given. Do not just write about what you know about the topic in general.
- Leave 1 or 2 lines after each answer in case you remember something important later on.
- Stick closely to the allocated time for each question - you will gain more marks if all the questions are attempted.