Action Verb List

The following are recommended verbs to use when writing student learning outcomes.

Intended Outcome:

KNOWLEDGE               Count
                                        Define
                                        Describe
                                        Draw
                                        Identify
                                        List
                                        Match
                                        Name
                                        Outline
                                        Point
                                        Quote
                                        Read
                                        Recall
                                        Recite
                                        Recognize
                                        Record
                                        Repeat
                                        Reproduce
                                        Select
                                        State
                                        Write

 

COMPREHENSION   Associate
                                         Compute
                                         Convert
                                         Defend
                                         Discuss
                                         Distinguish
                                         Estimate
                                         Explain
                                         Generalize
                                         Give Examples
                                         Infer
                                         Paraphrase
                                         Predict
                                         Rewrite
                                         Summarize

APPLICATION               Add
                                         Apply
                                         Calculate 
                                         Change
                                         Classify
                                         Complete
                                         Compute
                                         Demonstrate
                                         Discover
                                         Divide
                                         Examine
                                         Graph
                                         Interpolate
                                         Manipulate
                                         Modify
                                         Operate
                                         Prepare
                                         Produce
                                         Show
                                         Solve
                                         Subtract
                                         Translate
                                         Use

ANALYSIS                      Analyze
                                         Categorize
                                         Arrange
                                         Break down
                                         Combine
                                         Design
                                         Detect
                                         Develop
                                         Diagram
                                         Differentiate
                                         Illustrate
                                         Infer
                                         Outline
                                         Point out
                                         Relate
                                         Select
                                         Separate
                                         Subdivide
                                         Utilize

SYNTHESIS                    Categorize
                                         Combine
                                         Compile
                                         Compose
                                         Create
                                         Design
                                         Devise
                                         Explain
                                         Generate
                                         Group
                                         Integrate
                                         Modify
                                         Organize
                                         Plan
                                         Prescribe
                                         Propose
                                         Rearrange
                                         Reconstruct
                                         Relate
                                         Reorganize
                                         Revise
                                         Rewrite
                                         Summarize
                                         Transform
                                         Specify

EVALUATION               Appraise
                                        Assess
                                        Compare
                                        Conclude
                                        Contrast
                                        Critique
                                        Determine
                                        Grade
                                        Interpret
                                        Judge
                                        Justify
                                        Measure
                                        Rank
                                        Rate
                                        Support

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