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.
To give credit for, recognise, and highlight something, such as a selected source or the work of others.
To examine in depth, study thoroughly, question, investigate and consider your own opinion or visual investigation of something.
To use knowledge, skills and understanding and to employ appropriate techniques when developing and progressing ideas.
Suitable, relevant, applicable to intention.
To think through, review, reflect on and respond to information or a theme, subject or starting point.
To show, exhibit, prove or express such things as subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills.
To take forward, change, improve or build on an idea, theme or starting point.
To deliberate, consider, talk over, debate or examine something.
To investigate, examine and look into with an open mind about what might be found and developed.
To show, prove, support and make clear or verify something.
To recognise links and associations between things such as sources and connections with personal work, accounting for choices and decisions made.
To give a response to an idea, theme or starting point that shows a personal, meaningful and organised fulfilment of intentions.
To achieve, attain and/or accomplish your intentions.
To document ideas, thoughts, insights and responses to starting points in visual and written annotated form.
To improve, enhance and change elements of your work for the better.
To study in detail, discover and find information about.
To produce personal work generated by a subject, theme, starting point, or design brief.
To indicate, explain, present and display your own thoughts and findings.
To express clearly and briefly your intentions.
To examine, consider, investigate, research and show an in-depth understanding of what you have found or experienced.