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How to frame quality answers in exams: 5 tips for students

Exams are an integral part of the education system by which we learn and complete our courses and classes. Examinations are conducted in different forms such as multiple-choice questions, quizzes, oral tests, but the most common pattern in which exams are conducted are written answers to the asked questions. Often, even after good understanding and memorizing the syllabus, students don’t score that well because of the poor answer quality and structuring. The way students write and frame their answers decides their scores in the written examinations. By having good knowledge and following some effective techniques, students can improve the quality of their answers. Let us discuss these techniques one by one in detail.

Tips to frame good answers

1. Manage the given time properly 

In an exam, we are time-bound. In the given period, students have to attempt a good amount of questions being asked in the question paper. In order to form, frame excellent answers, and attempt the whole paper properly, good time management skills are very important. The first thing that students should focus on is the mark weightage of questions.

If a question is of two marks, writing thirty to forty words will be good enough. In these forty words, write a to-the-point answer which is clear and precise. Secondly, analyze the question paper. If there are long question answers as well, keep more time for framing them. Try to wind up the short answers quickly and consume the saved time properly structuring the long answers.

2. Focus on the structure and organization 

If you want to write good answers and aim to score well in exams, focusing on how to organize and structure the answers is very important. All the teachers in traditional teaching as well should teach online, their students good answer framing techniques. Well-structured answers become more presentable and the examiner enjoys reading and checking them. The beginning of the answers should be a good introduction in which you can include the main definitions.

After that comes the body of the answer which should include subheadings and other details. You can also write them in points to ensure easy reading, and organized answers for the teachers. In the end, don’t forget to finish your answer with a conclusion or ending. Furthermore, if you can add some examples and diagrams concerning the answer, surely add them.

3. Carefully read the question 

To frame the quality answers, properly reading the questions is also important. And therefore all the students who learn via an online classroom app or traditional classroom should always focus on their reading skills. Careful reading plays a significant role when it comes to writing the appropriate answers. All students must focus on what the question is asking from them. Every word has its meaning.

A few common words which are used in questions are elaborate, define, write the key features, suggest, elucidate, analyze, etc. Every word requires a different answer formation.  Elaboration means writing a long answer while defining means writing a proper definition. Teachers before the exams should help students in understanding the question language. Those who teach online should also focus on this.

4. Practice makes a man perfect 

To perform well in exams, students should practice and prepare properly beforehand as well. Written exams are conducted in traditional learning and also teaching via an online classroom app. Good answer framing and writing skills can not be learned overnight and hence students should practice this regularly. Always after reading and learning a particular topic, write the key process and definition you understood. Students always run away from writing and hence they don’t score well in the main exams. Use previous year’s question papers and frame the answers with good management skills. This will help students to attempt quality answers in exams as well.

5. Highlight the important terms

First of all, before writing an answer, think about all the important terms and facts you must include. After remembering, start framing the answer, and don’t forget to highlight or underline the key terms, and points. This not only improves the quality of answers but also makes them more presentable. The answers get attractive to see and teachers enjoy checking them.


To score well in exams, good writing skills are important. Students often struggle that even after memorizing properly they don’t score that well. This happens because of poor answer framing. By following the above-mentioned tips and techniques this problem can be overcome. Students can follow these practices to improve the quality of answers that they write in exams.

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