Answer Short Question

Answer short question mind map


The Answer short question (PTE) is a task that tests your ability to listen to and understand a question and respond with the correct response.

There are a total of 10 to 12 answer short question tasks in the exam.

Please memorize the mind map given at the top, these activities need to be followed in the mentioned sequence. It is essential for success.

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Critical stuff

  • There is no beep to indicate that the microphone is open, so keep an eye on the screen as the status of the status box will change to “Recording” 1 second after the recording stops.
  • Say your answer within 3 seconds of the change in status to Recording.
  • You have to respond with a word or a phrase as an answer.

The sequence of steps for the answer short question task

Answer short question task has the following sequence of events:-

  1. An image may be displayed.
  2. Look at the image and try to guess the topic of the question.
  3. A countdown of 3 seconds begins.
  4. After 3 seconds a recording plays.
  5. Focus on the question being asked and think of an answer right away.
  6. Just before the recording stops take a deep breath.
  7. After 1 second the microphone opens. Please note that in this task there is a beep to indicate the opening of a microphone, so please pay attention to the status box on the screen as the status will change to “Recording”.
  8. Say the answer in a word or a phrase within the first 3 seconds else the microphone will automatically close.
  9. You have 10 seconds to complete your response.
  10. Click next once finished.

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