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.
Separate information into components and identify their characteristics.
Present a reasoned case.
Make an informed judgement.
Present an informed opinion.
Identify similarities and/or differences.
Assess worth against explicit expectations.
Present different perspectives on an issue.
Give an account of.
Present key points.
State how you react when reading the text as in 'Evaluate the effects the descriptions have on you'.
Select the options that are true (or false).
How does the writer's use of language achieve an effect?
Describe how writers use language to achieve effects/impact (words/phrases/ language features/ language techniques/ sentence forms).
Present clarifying examples.
Present a possible case/solution.
Present principal points without detail.
Use quotations/ textual references to evidence your response.
What do you understand
Retrieve and interpret information from a text/s.