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.
Put into effect in a recognised way.
Make an informed judgement.
Work out the value of something.
Present an informed opinion.
Identify similarities and or differences.
Finish a task by adding to given information.
Review and respond to given information.
Set out characteristics.
Present key points about different ideas or strengths and weaknesses of an idea.
Judge from available evidence.
Set out purposes or reasons.
Produce an answer from recall.
Name or otherwise characterise.
Translate information into recognisable form.
Support a case with evidence.
Provide appropriate names on a diagram.
Identify using a recognised technical term.
Set out main characteristics.
Mark on a graph.
Express clearly and briefly.
Present a possible case/solution.