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19 Important NEBOSH Command Words You Should Understand


Important NEBOSH Command Words

NEBOSH command words are instructional, operational or task words. It explains the approach that should be used in attempting the different questions; it helps understand the depth of the answer required.

This is why it is important that before you get into any NEBOSH examination hall, you must understand these command words.

Importance Of Understanding The NEBOSH Command Words

  • It helps you understand how to approach every question
  • It prevent you from wasting unnecessary time in questions that doesn’t require much answer depth.
  • It help you acquire maximum point on questions.

The following definitions are included for a common understanding of the command words used in the compilation of NEBOSH question papers.


See Command Word And Their Definitions

  1. Analyse: To divide or break down the subject matter or topic
    into parts, reasons, aspects etc and then examine
    their nature and relationship.
  2. Assess: To present judgements of the factors raised, their
    significance, importance and why they are important
    and/or significant.
  3. Calculate: To ascertain or determine by mathematical
  4. Comment: To give opinions (with justification) on an issue or
    statement by considering the issues relevant to it.
  5. Compare and contrast: To provide a point-by-point account of the similarities and differences between two sets of information or
    two areas.
  6. Consider: To offer some detail about an issue or event and to
    deliberate about the value of that issue/event.
  7. Define: To give the meaning of a word, phrase or concept,
    determine or fix the boundaries or extent of. A relatively short answer, usually one or two sentences, where there is a generally recognised or accepted expression.
  8. Demonstrate: To prove or make clear by reasoning or evidence
    how some relationship or event has occurred.
  9. Describe: To give a detailed written account of the distinctive
    features of a subject. The account should be factual, without any attempt to explain.
  10. Determine: To come to a decision as the result of investigation
    or reasoning.
  11. Discuss: To give a critical account of the points involved in the
  12. Distinguish: To present the differences between; to separate into
    kinds, classes, or categories.
  13. Evaluate: To determine the value or character of something by
    careful appraisal.
  14. Explain: To provide an understanding. To make an idea or
    relationship clear.
  15. Give: To provide short, factual answers.
  16. Identify: To give a reference to an item, which could be its
    name or title.
  17. Justify: To prove or show to be valid, sound, or conforming
    to fact or reason.
  18. Outline: To indicate the principal features or different parts of.
  19. Recommend: To bring forward as being fit or worthy; to indicate as being one’s choice for something.
  20. Review: To make a survey of; examine, look over carefully
    and give a critical account.


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