Composing Short Answer Questions

By Rod Lucero

  • State items so that only a single brief answer is possible
  • Start with a direct question; use incomplete statements when greater conciseness is necessary
  • Use only one blank, which should relate to the main point of the statement
  • Place blanks at the end of the statement
  • Avoid extraneous clues to the answer
  • For numerical answers, indicate the degree of precision expected, and the units in which it is to be expressed

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Thanks to Dr. Rodrick Lucero, Assoc. Prof. in the School of Education, the Associate Director for the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP), and Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) Coordinator for the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University for this Teaching Tip.


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