2.1 Short Answer Questions

In the IELTS exam, one of the question types encountered is short-answer questions. These can appear in any section of the test and typically start with question words like “what,” “why,” “where,” “when,” “who,” “how much,” “how many,” and “how often.”

Your task is to provide answers that precisely match the words heard in the listening passage, in the same order as they are presented. There is a word limit, and exceeding it will result in incorrect marking.

There are two variations of short-answer questions: standard short-answer questions and listing short-answer questions. The formats for each are provided below.

  1. Standard short-answer questions

Questions 31 – 32 

Answer the questions. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS in each gap. 

31  When should employers involve employees in the process? _______________ 

32  How many employees always wear safety equipment? _______________ 

  1. Listing short-answer questions

Questions 33 – 35 

Answer the questions. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS in each gap. 

List THREE countries with the highest criminal rates in the world. 

33 _______________ 

34 _______________ 

35 _______________ 

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