IB Biology Command Terms

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terms used in assessment statements for IB Biology

define

give the precise meaning of a word, phrase or physical quantity

draw

represent by means of pencil lines

label

add labels to a diagram

list

give a sequence of names or other brief answers with no explanation

measure

find the value of a quantity

state

give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation

annotate

add brief notes to a diagram or graph

apply

use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in a new situation

calculate

find a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working (unless instructed not to do so)

describe

give a detailed account

distinguish

give the differences between two or more different items

estimate

find an approximate value for an unknown quantity

identify

find an answer from a given number of possibilities

outline

give a brief account or summary

analyse

interpret data to reach conclusions

comment

give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation

compare

give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout

construct

represent or develop in graphical form

deduce

reach a conclusion from the information given

derive

manipulate a mathematical relationship(s) to give a new equation or relationship

design

produce a plan, simulation or model

detemine

find the only possible answer

discuss

give an account including, where possible, a range of arguments for and against the relative importance of various factors, or comparisons of alternative hypotheses

evaluate

assess the implications and limitations

explain

give a detailed account of causes, reasons or mechanisms

predict

give an expected result

show

give the steps in a calculation or derivation

sketch

represent by means of a graph showing a line and labeled but unscaled axes but with important features clearly indicated

solve

obtain an answer using algebraic and/or numerical methods

suggest

propose a hypothesis or other possible answer

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