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You should use the numbers
given in the question to work
out a numerical answer.
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You need to describe the similarities
and/or differences between things, not just
write about one.
If you are asked to "compare x with y", you
need to write down something
about x and something about y, AND also
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Your answer should be
written in the space provided,
e.g. on a diagram, in spaces
in a sentence or in a table.…read more

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You should recall some facts, events or
process in an accurate way.
You may need to give an account of
what something looked like, or
what happened, e.g. a trend in some
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You should use information supplied or your own
knowledge and understanding to consider
the evidence for and against and draw conclusions.
For example, you may be given a passage to read
and told to "Evaluate the benefits of using system x
and system y".
This means they will need to write down some of the
pros and cons for both systems, AND then state
which one is better and why. You should complete
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You should make something clear, or
state the reasons why something is
The points in the answer must be linked
coherently and should not be a simple
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State, give, name
or write down
Only a short answer is required, not an explanation or
a description. Often it can be answered with a
single word, phrase or sentence.
If the question asks you to state, give, name or write
down one or two examples, you should write down
only the specified number of answers, or you may
lose marks for any wrong examples given.…read more

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This term is used in questions where
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