Short answer assessments

Short answer assessments require you to write brief responses to questions in your own words. Short answer questions may be about a topic or they may be about a case study. You may incorporate information from your learning materials or other sources, but you must ensure it is in your own words.

Good short answer responses are relevant to the question. Read each question carefully and pay attention to the instruction words like identify, explain, compare, discuss, analyse and so on. To determine exactly what the question is asking of you, it is a good idea to underline key words and phrases. Once you’ve analysed the question, brainstorm ideas for your response and look for information in your course materials to help support your ideas.

It is a good idea to include the numbered questions in your assignment so it is clear exactly which question you are responding to (however, check this with your educator). 

Even though your answers to each question are relatively short, it is important that they are written in full sentences using formal language. You may use bullet points or lists in place of full sentences where appropriate. Click on the link to the PDF below for examples of short answer responses using full sentences and bullet points.