IB Biology Command Terms
Source: IB Biology Subject Guide (is.gd/ibbiocomterms)
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity.
Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil.
Add labels to a diagram.
Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation.
Obtain a value for a quantity.
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation.
Add brief notes to a diagram or graph.
Obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working (unless instructed not to do so).
Give a detailed account.
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items.
Obtain an approximate value.
Provide an answer from a number of possibilities.
Give a brief account or summary.
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation.
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.
Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form.
Reach a conclusion from the information given.
Produce a plan, simulation or model.
Obtain the only possible answer.
Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses (supported by appropriate evidence).
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.
Give an expected result.
Represent by means of a diagram or graph (labelled as appropriate), giving a general idea of shape or relationship.
Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer.
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