GCSE Science Command words and their meanings

Are you starting to revise for your mocks?

We have compiled a comprehensive list of command words to help you answer exam style questions even better.

Calculate: Work out your answer using the numbers in the question. Read the question carefully for information on equations, units and/or significant figure.

Comment on: Look at data or information and decide what it shows.

Compare: Give similarities and/or differences between two (or more) things. Your answer must relate to both (or all) things mentioned in the question.

Compare and contrast: Give similarities and differences between two (or more) things. Your answer must relate to both (or all) things mentioned in the question.

Complete: Add words to a statement or values to a table or diagram.

Deduce: Come to a decision based on the information in the question.

Define: Give the meaning of the term(s) in the question.

Describe: State facts, information, events or processes and link them in a logical order.

Determine: Give a numerical answer from the information in the question.

Devise: Write down a method or plan.

Estimate: Find a rough number or amount from the information given in the question.

Evaluate: Make a judgement, considering arguments and/or evidence for and against.

Explain: Say how or why something happens; 'because' will be an important part of your answer.

Give: Provide the requested information from memory. You don't need to explain your answer.

Identify: Name or otherwise characterise.

Justify: Support with evidence.

Label: Provide appropriate names on a diagram/graph/table.

Name: Provide the requested information from memory. You don't need to explain your answer.

Plan: Write down a method using the details provided in the question.

Predict: Say what you think will happen based on what you know.

Reason: Say why something happens or is the case.

State: Provide the requested information from memory. You don't need to explain your answer.

State and explain: Make a point and link ideas to justify that point.

Suggest: Provide the requested information by applying your knowledge and understanding to the question.

On sAInaptic, we help students by reminding them of what the command word means using a nifty little 'info' button as they practice.

Want to revise the list using flashcards?

If you haven't tried our app yet, sign up for free now!

https://app.sainaptic.com/

Read more

GCSE Science Command words and their meanings

Confused with all the command words floating on exam papers? We have compiled a comprehensive list of command words to help you better navigate exam style questions.‍

Introducing sAInaptic Free and Prime - GCSE Science exam questions

80% of GCSE exams consist of descriptive questions! Practice these on sAInaptic and get the marks you deserve.

Retrieval practice with instant feedback makes learning stick

Student outcomes are even more enhanced when instant feedback is given during retrieval practice, something that sAInaptic's revision app is grounded in!