IB Business Management Command Terms
The 4 AO1 command terms for new exams in 2016
Terms in this set (30)
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity
Give a detailed account
Give a brief account or summary
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in
relation to a given problem or issue.
Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation.
Make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating
with examples or practical application.
Make clear the differences between two or more
concepts or items.
Give a detailed account
including reasons or causes
Use knowledge and understanding to recognize
trends and draw conclusions from given information.
Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible
Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
compare & contrast
Give an account of similarities and differences
between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Offer a considered and balanced review that
includes a range of arguments, factors or
hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be
presented clearly and supported by appropriate
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths
Consider an argument or concept in a way that
uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.
Give valid reasons or evidence to support an
answer or conclusion.
Present an advisable course of action with appropriate supporting evidence/reason in relation to a given situation, problem or issue.
to what extent
Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument
or concept. Opinions and conclusions should
be presented clearly and supported with appropriate evidence and sound argument.
Add brief notes to a diagram or graph.
Obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working.
Add missing information/data.
Display information in a diagrammatic or logical
Obtain the only possible answer.
Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil. A ruler (straight edge) should be used for straight lines.
Diagrams should be drawn to scale. Graphs should have points correctly plotted (if appropriate) and joined in a straight line or smooth curve.
Provide an answer from a number of possibilities.
Mark the position of points on a diagram.
Put given data or information from a stimulus/
source into a suitable format