Answer Short Questions made easy.

Answer Short Questions

Stay focused

  • In the 3 seconds before the audio begins for each task. focus on the task so you are ready to understand the question.
  • The questions are short, and you must answer as soon as the microphone opens, so keep your concentration through all the tasks.
  • Don’t let your mind wander as there is no time to ‘tune in’ to what you will hear.

Understand the question

  • Listen for the question word (who,what, when, how, why) that will help you to understand the question.
  • Do not be afraid that you will not have the specific knowledge needed; all the questions are about topics that every educated person knows.
  • There is one correct answer that is usually one word or a short phrase.

Speak Clearly

  • Speak when the blue recording bar appears in the Recording Status box (there is no tone). The microphone will close if there is silence for more than 3 seconds.
  • If you realize you have made a mistake, correct yourself, as the score depends on the correct word or words only. Once you have answered, click Next’.

Important points to remember while answering short questions

  1. Start your answer as soon as the Recording Status box changes to ‘Recording’. If you wait longer than three seconds, you will lose your opportunity to answer and the recording will move on to the next question.
  2. This task type is not individually timed. You must click ‘Next’ to move to the next task after you have given your response. The timer for the Speaking section will continue running, so once the microphone closes, click ‘Next’ and move on.
  3. Follow the instructions and only give a short answer. For example if the answer is stage, then stage, a stage, the stage, it’s called a It’s a stage will all be correct and will score the same marks. The important word is stage.
  4. Sometimes you can use words in the question to help you answer. e.g. the word desk is often used with the answer to form a well -known phrase.
  5. Listen for the question word. e.g. what. how. In this question. What do we call tells you the answer is the name of something.
  6. Remember that you will do 10 – 12 tasks of this type. Keep your concentration as you move through the questions.
  7. Once the microphone closes, you cannot change your answer. If you realize your first answer was not correct, keep speaking and give the correct answer. You have ten seconds to give your response, but the microphone will close if there are more than three seconds of silence.
  8. Don’t pause in the middle of your answer for more than three seconds. If you do so, the recording will move on to the next question and your answer will be incomplete.

All the Best

Happy Practising.

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