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.