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Short Answer Test Taking Tips

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 is 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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