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.
Interpret data to arrive at a conclusion.
Work out the value of something.
Present an informed opinion.
Identify similarities and/or differences.
Finish a task by adding to given information.
Draw conclusions from information provided.
Set out characteristics.
Set out how something will be done.
Use given data or information to obtain an answer.
Produce a diagram.
Assign an approximate value.
Judge from available evidence.
Set out purposes or reasons.
Produce an answer from recall or from given information.
Name or otherwise characterise.
Support a case with evidence.
Provide appropriate names on a diagram.
List a number of features or points without further elaboration.
Identify using a recognised technical term.
Set out main characteristics.
Give a plausible outcome.
Provide structured evidence to reach a conclusion.
Express in clear terms.
Present a possible case/solution.