Command words Questions that start with these kinds of words are indicating that your child is only being expected to display knowledge / understanding: Where is the question on the exam paper?
You'll find questions that purely test understanding near the beginning of a paper up to half-way through.
Command words Questions that start with these kinds of words are indicating that your child is being asked to apply their skills: Where is the question on the exam paper?
Application questions are often a few questions into the paper – or about half-way through a longer question that is split into parts.
Understanding is where students start to really get to grips with knowledge that they have learned – they are able to distinguish between two similar ideas or things by using their knowledge to recognise the difference.
If we take this back to the baby, by the time they're well into their first or even second year, they might be able to fetch you the big red ball rather than the little red ball – they are able to distinguish the difference between the two objects and understand what the different labels, ‘big' and ‘little' mean.I only found out this secret in the last few months from the little clues they scattered throughout exam papers and mark schemes, and today, I'm going to share it with you. It was post-world war II America and a group of educators and educational psychologists got together for a series of conferences.What I can promise is, that if you and your child fully take in what I explain to you here today it will make the world of difference to your child's marks and their ability to access the higher grades. The person chairing these conferences was called Benjamin Bloom.This means that students will need to: These types of questions would typically be worth a small number of marks – between 1 and 4 each, depending on the level of the exam and the complexity of the answer the examiner was looking for.Number of marks Questions worth between 1 and 4 marks are often want students to demonstrate their understanding.This hierarchy has conciously or subconsciously driven the structure of exam papers and the wording and intentions of specific questions throughout exam papers across the western world for over half a century. The name makes it sound complicated, but Bloom's taxonomy is very simple really.It just takes the most common thinking (or cognitive) skills that students are asked to use in the classroom and ranks them in order of their complexity.If you think back to when your child was a baby and they started to recognise specific people and things, like you as their parent, or their favourite toy, and they started to attach a word to the things they recognised – this is knowledge at it's most basic.Knowledge, in my experience, is where most students spend most of their time when they're revising for their exams.The purpose of the conferences was to come up with some kind of unified system for the way that school curricula and exams were designed and set.What they came up with was a hierarchy of thinking skills, called Bloom's taxonomy (named after Benjamin Bloom).