Command words are the words and phrases used in National 5 exams and other assessment tasks that tell students how they should answer the question. You should be aware of the following command words and know how to respond to them when they appear in exam essay questions.
Present a picture of something in words, highlighting important characteristics or features.
Show how 2 or more things are BOTH similar and different.
Show how 2 or more things are different.
Explain the meaning of an idea or concept in a brief, specific manner.
Present the main points about something.
Provide facts or reasons to make something clear and understandable.
Use examples to describe or explain something.
Give reasons or present facts for and against an issue; using evidence for and against.
Present a brief account of the most important and relevant information in an organised manner.
Present information about something as a series of brief numbered points.
Provide facts and reasons to support a particular argument or point of view.
Consider carefully and provide a detailed account of the indicated topic.
Break something down into its parts and show how the parts make the whole.
Make a judgement of the value, worth, or effectiveness of something.
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