This kind of exam is quite popular with teachers because the questions are relatively easy to formulate and also they test your knowledge somewhat better than other objective exams. Among other things, direct answer tests don't provide you with the right answer, as does the multiple choice approach. You are the one who has to come up with the correct response by filling in the blanks. Here's a sample:
_invented the cotton gin.
If you don't know that Eli Whitney invented the gin, you won't have the luxury of taking a guess from a list of possibilities.
Some tips on taking this kind of test successfully:
1. Sometimes a direct answer test will just ask a question, and you'll be expected to provide a short response. Here are some key words to keep in mind if you get this type of test:
"Who . .. ?" calls for a person or people.
"How . .. ?" calls for certain steps or procedures.
It's also helpful to use the above words to rephrase questions that require you to fill in the blanks. You may be able to narrow the field of correct answers somewhat by asking which of six questions apply to a particular item.
Take the example I gave for a fill-in-the-blank question. You might rephrase it by asking, "Who invented the cotton gin?" Many times, restating the question will bring the answer to mind.
2. Again, be sure you understand the instructions for the direct answer test. A case in point: If the question calls for one name or word and you give two, you'll be wrong.
3. Sometimes, the length of the line you're supposed to fill in may give you a clue to the answer. Also, the number of broken lines may indicate the number of words. But try to ascertain from the directions or the instructor whether these factors are really signaling what they seem to be signaling.
4. Be sure to place your answers in the right spot. If you fill in the wrong blanks or put the answers in the margin, you may miss every item!
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