Here are some tips for short answer questions. Tip 1: Sometimes the instruction does not only ask for words, but also a number. If the instructions state NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER , at least one of the answers is a number. Tip 2: You should use words from the passage when answering the question. Tip 3: Wrong spelling will cost you a point. Tip 4: The answers generally come in the order of the text.