You probably looking at your BTEC assignment and wondering what the command word in the question is actually asking you to do? Well if this is you, then Pearson have produced the following guide on what the operative verbs actually mean.

Typically for a Pass grade you will find;

Describe Give a clear description that includes all the relevant features - think of it as ‘painting a picture with words’

Define Clearly explain what a particular term means and give an example, if appropriate, to show what you mean

Design Create a plan, proposal or outline to illustrate a straightforward concept or idea

Explain Set out in detail the meaning of something, with reasons. More difficult than describe or list, so it can help to give an example to show what you mean. Start by introducing the topic then give the ‘how’ or ‘why’

Identify Point out or choose the right one or give a list of the main features

Illustrate Include examples or a diagram to show what you mean

Interpret Define or explain the meaning of something

List Provide the information in a list, rather than in continuous writing

Outline Write a clear description but not a detailed one

Plan Work out and plan how you would carry out a task or activity

State Write a clear and full account

Summarise Write down or articulate briefly the main points or essential features

Typically for a Merit grade you will find;

Analyse Identify separate factors, say how they are related and how each one contributes to the topic

Assess Give careful consideration to all the factors or events that apply and

identify which are the most important or relevant

Compare/Contrast Identify the main factors that apply in two or more situations and explain

the similarities and differences or advantages and disadvantages

Demonstrate Provide several relevant examples or related evidence which clearly support the arguments you are making. This may include showing practical skills

Design Create a plan, proposal or outline to illustrate a relatively complex concept or idea

Explain in detail Provide details and give reasons and/or evidence to clearly support the argument you are making

Justify How/ Why Give reasons or evidence to support your opinion or view to show how you arrived at these conclusions

Typically for a Distinction grade you will find;

Appraise Consider the positive and negative points and give a reasoned judgement

Assess Make a judgement on the importance of something – similar to evaluate

Comment critically Give your view after you have considered all the evidence. In particular

decide the importance of all the relevant positive and negative aspects

Criticise Review a topic or issue objectively and weigh up both positive and negative

points before making a decision

Draw conclusions Use the evidence you have provided to reach a reasoned judgement

Evaluate Review the information then bring it together to form a conclusion. Give evidence for each of your views or statements

Evaluate critically Decide the degree to which a statement is true or the importance or value of something by reviewing the information. Include precise and detailed information and assess possible alternatives, bearing in mind their strengths and weaknesses if they were applied instead.


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