A Journey with Self-Assessment
as a Compass
© 1995, 1998, 2001, 2016, A. Azzolino

Directions:

Given your printed copy of Part I of the Math Assessment Inventory and button-clicking just below on this page, the page will help you analyze your use of verbs with respect to their cognitive complexity.

Some verbs are listed more than once because of the different ways they may be used. CLICK THE BUTTON FOR EACH VERB USED. IF A NUMBER IS LISTED MORE THAN ONCE, CLICK EACH COPY. Later, refer to the group heading to determine if you need to remove a word from a group based on how it was used on the test.

For example number 3, add, is listed 2 times. Add might be used in the following ways.

• Add listed under APPLY, use in a new setting:
To complete an addition in which larger numbers or unfamiliar expressions are used-- a test of applying a skill to a new situation.
• Add listed under KNOW, remember, acquire:
 Knowledge Application (from Arithmetic) 1. Add 3 + 4 1. Add 2/5 + 4/7 (from Algebra) 2. Simplify 4x + 3x 2. Simplify 4x² + 3x - 1 -(7x² - 3) (from Trig/Precalc) 3. Simplify sin(60°) 3. Simplify sin-1(tan(45°)) (from Calculus) 4. State derivative y=sin(x) 4. State derivative y = 2sin(3x)

Please CLICK THE BUTTON FOR EACH VERB USED. IF A NUMBER IS LISTED MORE THAN ONCE, CLICK EACH COPY. This completed, review each entry in the groups below to determine if you need to remove a word from a group based on how it was used on your test.

6. apply   7. appraise   8. argue   9. assess   10. break down
11. categorize   12. change   13. rotate   14. choose   15. classify
16. combine   17. compare   18. complete   19. compose   20. compute
21. conclude   22. consider   23. contrast   24. convert   25. correct
26. create   27. decide   28. deduce   29. defend   30. define
31. demonstrate   32. describe   33. design   34. detect   35. determine
36. develop   37. devise   38. diagram   39. differentiate   40. discriminate
41. discuss   42. distinguish   43. divide   44. do   45. document
46. draw   47. employ   48. estimate   49. evaluate   50. explain
51. extend   52. extrapolate   53. fill in   54. find   55. formulate
56. generalize   57. give example   58. graph   59. hypothesize   60. identify
61. illustrate   62. infer   63. integrate   64. interpolate   65. interpret
66. judge   67. justify   68. lecture   69. list   70. make
71. match   72. modify   73. multiply   74. operate   75. organize
76. originate   77. outline   78. paraphrase   79. pick   80. plan
81. plot   82. point plot   83. point out   84. predict   85. prepare
86. present   87. produce   88. propose   89. prove   90. read
91. rearrange   92. recall   93. recognize   94. relate   95. reorder
96. report   97. represent   98. restate   99. restructure   100. reword
101. rewrite   102. separate   103. show   104. simplify   105. sketch
106. solve   107. specify   108. speculate   109. standardize   110. state
111. subtract   112. summarize   113. support   114. synthesize   115. tell
116. transfer   117. transform   118. translate   119. use   120. write   121. factor
122. construct   123. bisect   124. select

The button at the end of each group counts the number of words listed in that group. Click each of these buttons.

EVALUATE - judge, make judgements reguarding validity and quality.
7. appraise 8. argue 9. assess 17. compare 21. conclude
22. consider 23. contrast 27. decide 35. determine 41. discuss
64. interpolate 65. interpret 66. judge 87. produce 89. prove
106. solve 115. tell

SYNTHESIZE - produce, build, create something new.
1. abstract 11.categorize 15. classify 16. combine 19. compose
26. create 33. design 36. develop 37. devise 44. do
49. evaluate 51. extend 54. find 58. graph 59. hypothesize
60. identify 67. justify 68. lecture 69. list 70. make
71. match 75. organize 77. outline 78. paraphrase 82. point plot
83. point out 84. predict 85. prepare 86. present 87. produce
89. prove 92. recall 94. relate 95. reorder 96. report
98. restate 99.restructure 101. rewrite 108. speculate 105. sketch
109. standardize 112. summarize 114. synthesize 115. tell 117. transform
118. translate 120. write 122. construct 123. bisect

ANALYZE - identify errors or differentiate facts from assumptions
4. analyze 10. break down 11. categorize 17. compare 23. contrast
25. correct 28. deduce 32. describe 34. detect 38. diagram
39. differentiate 40. discriminate 41. discuss 42. distinguish 61. illustrate
68. lecture 74. operate 76. originate 81. plot 91. rearrange
92. recall 100. reword

APPLY - use, solve problems in a new situation by applying knowledge, techniques.
2. acquire 3. add 6. apply 13. rotate 15. classify
20. compute 31. demonstrate 39. differentiate 43. divide 46. draw
48. estimate 52. extrapolate 55. formulate 57. give example 58. graph
59. hypothesize 62. infer 63. integrate 71. match 72. modify
73. multiply 85. prepare 92. recall 97. represent 102. separate
103. show 104. simplify 105. sketch 108. speculate 110. state
111. subtract 113. support 115. tell 116. transfer 119. use
121. factor 122. construct 123. bisect

COMPREHEND - understand, demonstrate understanding, interpret.
1. abstract 12. change 14. choose 24. convert 29. defend
31. demonstrate 39. differentiate 45. document 47. employ 49. evaluate
50. explain 51. extend 52. extrapolate 55. formulate 56. generalize
60. identify 64. interpolate 79. pick 80. plan 81. plot
88. propose 91. rearrange 93. recognize 105. sketch

KNOW - remember, recall basic material.