Glossary of Command Words Part Two - SUBJECT SPECIFIC COMMAND TERMS
Advise: Offer suggestions/recommendations for a potential course of action.
Example: Advise the human resources manager on the use of both monetary and non-monetary rewards to improve staff motivation at XYZ Ltd.
Apply: Use an idea, principle or theory in relation to a problem or issue.
Example: Applying Maslow’s motivation theory, suggest a new rewards package for employees of company X.
Calculate: Give a precise numerical answer.
Example: Calculate the acid test ratio for company X in 2008.
Classify: Arrange or order by class or categories.
Example: Classify the range of products sold by line range and mix.
Comment: Write an explanation of, or commentary on, the information given in relation to a problem or issue.
Example: Comment on the profitability, liquidity and efficiency of the firm.
Complete: Add missing information/data.
Example: Complete the critical path diagram by calculating the earliest starting time and latest finishing time for each activity.
Construct: Present a variety of information in a diagrammatic or tabular form.
Example: Based on the information given, construct a break-even chart for company X.
Formulate: Express precisely, clearly and in a systematic manner the relevant concept(s) or argument(s).
Example: Formulate an appropriate promotional mix for company X.
Interpret: Use knowledge and understanding to explain and, where appropriate, draw inferences from a given situation, problem or issue.
Example: (Calculate and) interpret the value of the sales variance for XYZ Ltd.
Outline: Give a brief explanation and/or summary of the issues, principles, or arguments stated in the question.
Example: Outline two advantages and disadvantages of working from home.
Prepare: Put given data or information into a suitable business format.
Example: Prepare a cash-flow forecast for company X for January, February and March 2010.
Recommend: Present an advisable course of action with appropriate supporting evidence/reasons, in relation to a given situation, problem or issue.
Example: Recommend a suitable growth strategy for company X.