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IB Biology Command Terms

Source: IB Biology Subject Guide (is.gd/ibbiocomterms)
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Define
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity.
Draw
Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil.
Label
Add labels to a diagram.
List
Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation.
Measure
Obtain a value for 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.
Calculate
Obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working (unless instructed not to do so).
Describe
Give a detailed account.
Distinguish
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items.
Estimate
Obtain an approximate value.
Identify
Provide an answer from a number of possibilities.
Outline
Give a brief account or summary.
Analyse
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Comment
Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation.
Compare
Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Compare and contrast
Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Construct
Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form.
Deduce
Reach a conclusion from the information given.
Design
Produce a plan, simulation or model.
Determine
Obtain the only possible answer.
Discuss
Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses (supported by appropriate evidence).
Evaluate
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.
Explain
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.
Predict
Give an expected result.
Sketch
Represent by means of a diagram or graph (labelled as appropriate), giving a general idea of shape or relationship.
Suggest
Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer.
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