Question keywords are also called ‘command’ words. These are the words in your exam questions that tell you what the examiner wants you to do. By understanding these command words, you are on your way to understanding your exam questions.
For example, you may be instructed in your exam question to ‘describe’ something within your answer. If your answer ‘evaluates’ rather than ‘sets out the characteristics’, you potentially haven’t given the right answer.
Below you will find a list containing some of these command words. Some subjects may have more or different command words that aren’t shown here. Ask your teachers for subject specific information.