Command words are the words and phrases used in exams and other assessment tasks that tell students how they should answer the question.
The following command words are taken from Ofqual’s official list of command words and their meanings that are relevant to this subject. In addition, where necessary, we have included our own command words and their meanings to complement Ofqual’s list.
Set out characteristics
Present key points (detailed writing taking into account different ideas, characteristics and/or features)
Set out purposes or reasons
Produce an answer from recall
Name or otherwise characterise
Set out main characteristics
Put a mark to indicate something is correct
Specify from a range of possibilities