Short answer questions test your ability to understand a rephrased sentence and identify key points in the recording. There are two types of short answer question. Here are some examples. With short answer questions, you have to answer the question given using a number of words or a number. Generally there are no more than three words for one answer, but it is always important to read the instructions very carefully. A common error is when candidates do not give a complete answer. For example, if the answer to a question is ‘wide screen television’, then simply writing ‘television’ may not be marked correct. However, be careful never to exceed the word limit or your answer will be marked incorrect even if it contains the right answer.