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.
Work out the value of something.
Select from a range of alternatives.
Present an informed opinion.
Identify similarities and/or differences.
Finish a task by adding to given information.
Review and respond to given information.
Give an account of.
Set out how something will be done.
Present key points about different ideas or strengths and weaknesses of an idea.
Explain ways in which two things differ. Provide detail of characteristic that enable a person to know the difference between …
Produce a diagram.
Judge from available evidence.
Set out purposes or reasons.
Give a detailed account of a process or way of doing something.
Give a detailed account of reasons in relation to a particular situation.
Name or otherwise characterise.
Produce an answer from recall or from given information.
Provide reasons, reasoned argument to support, possibly provide evidence.
Provide appropriate names on a diagram.
Identify using a recognised technical term.
Set out main characteristics.
Choose or pick out from alternatives.
Express in clear terms.
Present a possible case/solution.
Select from alternatives.
What is meant by
Give a definition.
Provide information in verbatim form.