Exam Command Words
Add notes to a diagram, photo or map. Annotations should provide some additional description and/or explanation.
Provide an account of the similarities AND differences.
Provide a precise meaning for a key term
Provide a written picture of the important features. Say what you see!
Describe the characteristics of….
What does the feature look like. For example ,in the case of a landform: its shape, its dimensions etc.
Describe the link between…..
Describe the link between 2 sets of data.
Describe the changes in…
Often used in relation to a graph. Good use of accurate adverbs is required e.g. rapidly,steeply,gently etc. If figures are provided use them!
Describe the differences between….
Here differences only between 2 sets of data will be credited.
Describe the location of/distribution of……
This is usually used in conjunction with a map or set of maps. Location refers to the place where something is, usually in relation to a direction or other features. Distribution refers to any groupings of phenomena. Better answers will tend to describe trends and identify anomalous areas.
Describe and comment on…….
This demands a higher level of response than just ‘describe.’ You also need to make a judgement or possibly offer an explanation.
Explain/Suggest reasons why…?Account for…/How might…?
You are being asked to give a statement(s) as to why something occurs. The command word is testing your ability to know or understand why or how something happens.
These words ask for a short sentence or single word answer to a simple task such as : a value on a graph or a named example.