Key words used in examination questions

  • Advise/recommend - present information, opinions or recommendations to someone to enable the recipient to take action.
  • Amplify - Expand or enlarge upon the meaning of (a statement or quotation)
  • Analyse - Determine and explain the constituent parts of.
  • Appraise/assess/evaluate - Judge the importance or value of.
  • Assess - See ?appraise?
  • Clarify - Explain more clearly the meaning of.
  • Comment (critically) - Explain.
  • Compare (with) - Explain similarities and differences between.
  • Contrast - Place in opposition to bring out difference(s)
  • Criticise - Present the faults in a theory or policy or opinion
  • Demonstrate - Show by reasoning the truth of.
  • Describe - Present the details and characteristics of.
  • Discuss - Explain the opposing arguments
  • Distinguish - Specify the difference between
  • Evaluate - See ?appraise?
  • Explain/interpret - Set out in detail the meaning of.
  • Illustrate - Use an example-chart, diagram, graph or figure as appropriate.
  • Interpret - See ?explain?
  • Justify - State adequate grounds for.
  • List (an explain) - Itemise (and detail the meaning of)
  • Prove - Show by testing the accuracy of.
  • Recommend - See ?advise?
  • Reconcile - make compatible apparently conflicting statements or theories.
  • Relate - Show connections between separate matters.
  • State - Express.
  • Summarise - State briefly the essential points (dispensing with examples and details).
  • Tabulate - Set out facts or figures

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