19 terms

exam review for IB Computer Science - command terms

define

Give the precise meaning of a word or phrase as concisely as possible

state

Give a specific name or other brief answer. No supporting argument or calculation is necessary.

apply

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

calculate

Find an accurate answer using mathematical or other formal methods. Show the working unless instructed not to do so. "Convert", "Express" or "Simplify" may be used to refer to specific forms.

describe

Give a detailed account, including all the relevant information.

estimate

Find an approximate answer, generally using mathematical methods.

identify

Find an answer from a number of possibilities.

outline

Give a brief account or summary, including essential information only.

trace

Follow and record the action of an algorithm, often using a table.

analyze

Interpret information to reach conclusions.

compare

Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout. Can be given using a table.

discuss

Give an account including, where possible, a range of arguments and assessments of the relative importance of various factors or comparison of alternative hypotheses or ideas.

explain

Give a clear account including causes, reasons or mechanisms.

evaluate

Assess the implications and limitations.

construct

Formulate and/or assemble information in a logical manner.

design

Produce a plan, object, simulation or model.

determine

Find the only possible answer.

suggest

Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer.

draw

Represent by means of pencil lines. Add labels unless told not to do so.