Task

For this item type you need to reply to the question in one or few words. The audio begins to play automatically.

Do it this way

Once the clip is over, the microphone will start recording your voice. There is no short tone for alert and if you wait for more than 3 seconds, recording will stop and the item status will change to 'completed'.

As marks are awarded for a short, accurate answer, do not try to give a long answer.

Scoring criteria

You will be scored on your ability to understand a question presented in a recording and provide a brief and accurate response. Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect based on the appropriacy of the words in your response.

The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image.

When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and answer the question with one or a few words.

You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

When you have started talking, don’t stop for more than a second or two until you have finished. If you stop for 3 seconds whilst speaking, the recording status will change to ‘completed’ even if you haven’t finished, and you won’t be able to continue answering.

You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

Scoring

Your response for Answer Short Question is judged on our ability to understand a question presented in a recording and provide a brief and accurate response. Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect based on the appropriateness of the words in your response. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.

*Note: This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening and speaking.

Some helpful tips

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