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.
Make an informed judgement.
Present an informed opinion.
Finish a task by adding to given information.
Set out characteristics.
Produce a diagram.
Assign an approximate value.
Take out the common factor or factorise into two brackets if a quadratic.
Produce an answer from recall.
Use a mathematical instrument, such as a ruler or protractor, to establish the size of a length or angle.
Add to itself a specified number of times.
Mark on a graph.
Demonstrate validity on the basis of evidence.
Turn around a fixed point.
Darken an area of a diagram.
Provide structured evidence to reach a conclusion
Collect terms together or cancel down.
Collect terms together and factorise the answer, or cancel terms completely.
Arrive at answer using a numerical or algebraic method.
Move laterally without rotating or flipping.
Perform one or a set of steps or calculations to arrive at an answer.