Preparing Students for Exams

An important aspect of preparing students for exams is not only teaching them the subject material but also helping them understand the meaning of the words used in the actual questions. This will go a long way in assisting with better exam results if the students understand the actual words used in the questions. So we have put together a table of words and the meanings that you can use to help students understand what the question is asking them to do.

On the provider portal is an extensive document called Exam and Study Technique that you may find useful in helping you to prepare the students for exams.

Question word What is required of you
Analyse Separate, examine and interpret
Classify Divide into groups or types so that things that are similar, are in the same group
Comment Write generally about
Compare Point out or show both similarities or differences
Define Give a clear meaning
Describe List the main characteristics of something
Discuss Consider all information and reach a conclusion
Evaluate Express an opinion based on your findings
Explain Make clear, interpret and spell out
Forecast Say what you think will happen in the future
Give/provide Write down only facts
Identify Name the essential characteristics
Interpret Give the intended meaning of
List Write a list of items
Mention Refer to relevant points
Name State something – give, identify or mention
State Write down information without discussion
Suggest Offer an explanation or solution