COMMAND TERM

DEFINITION

Analyze
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure
Apply
Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue
Compare
Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout
Compare and contrast
Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Contrast
Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout
Define
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity
Describe
Give a detailed account
Discuss
Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence
Distinguish
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items
Evaluate
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations
Examine
Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue
Explain
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes
Outline
Give a brief account or summary
State
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation
To what extent
Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept. Opinions and conclusions should be presented clearly and supported with appropriate evidence and sound argument