Short answer questions. Short answer questions are designed to test your ability to locate and understand specific information in the reading passage. Here are some sample questions. The only difference between these sample question styles is that in the second question, you can also include a number in your answer. To complete the type of question, you have to write a short answer to a question in a limited number of words or numbers. A common error with this type of question is when candidates write more words on their answer sheet than the instructions tell them to.