Command termsClassification of command termsIn the learning outcomes (see syllabus content) the command terms are associated with assessment objectives 1, 2 or 3 and indicate the depth of understanding that is required of students in relation to each item of content. The grouping of command terms under assessment objectives reflects the cognitive demand of each term and is related to Bloom's taxonomy.A command term used in an examination question will be:the same as that specified in the related learning outcome, oranother command term associated with the same assessment objective, ora command term of less cognitive demand.For example, if a learning outcome begins with the command term "explain", an examination ...view middle of the document...
Give a detailed account.
Give a brief account or summary.
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation.
Command terms associated with assessment objective 2: Application and analysis
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue.
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items.
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.
Command terms associated with assessment objective 3: Synthesis and evaluation
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.
Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
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.
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.
Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.
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.