Command words are the words and phrases used in exams and other assessment tasks that tell students how they should answer a question.
The following command words are from Ofqual’s official list. Their meanings are relevant to this subject.
Look at the information provided and break it down to identify and interpret the main points being raised
Identify similarities and/or differences
Review and respond to the information given
Set out purposes or reasons
Produce an answer from recall
State in what ways…
Name or characterise
Set out main characteristics
Express in clear terms
To what extent
Judge the importance / success / merit of something
Specify/select from a range of possibilities
Give a reason or purpose