Short Answer Tests

An instructor's primary purpose in giving a short-answer test is to cover the material. Go over your notes and the assigned reading:

  • Prepare for the test by studying off of summary sheets that are packed with information within condensed space. Try to categorize the material
  • Use grammatical clues
    within a statement as hints for the correct answer
  • If you can think of several answers
    for a blank or short answer question, let the instructor know.
    The instructor may give you a clue to the correct answer he/she's looking for
  • A guess made with common sense
    could get you more test points than if you leave an answer blank. Don't be a smart aleck if you guess
  • Write your short answers in simple, telegraphic sentences.
    Packing as much information as you can is more important than literary style.
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