Bloom’s Taxonomy (NFE)

BLOOM’S TAXONOMY– You will be required to know the six different levels of the taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation).  Be prepared to define each level as well.


Category                                                                   Example and Key Words (verbs)

Knowledge: Recall data or information.            Examples: Recite a policy. Quote prices from memory to a customer. Knows the
safety rules.

Key Words: defines, describes, identifies,
knows, labels, lists, matches, names,
outlines, recalls, recognizes, reproduces,
selects, states.

Comprehension: Understand the                        Examples: Rewrites the principles of test
meaning, translation, interpolation,                   writing. Explain in one’s own words the
and interpretation of instructions and               steps for performing a complex task.
problems. State a problem in one’s own            Translates an equation into a computer
words.                                                                        spreadsheet.

Key Words: comprehends, converts,
defends, distinguishes, estimates, explains,
extends, generalizes, gives an example,
infers, interprets, paraphrases, predicts,
rewrites, summarizes, translates.

Application: Use a concept in a new                  Examples: Use a manual to calculate an
situation or unprompted use of an                     employee’s vacation time. Apply laws of
abstraction. Applies what was learned              statistics to evaluate the reliability of a
in the classroom into novel situations in          written test.
the work place.

Key Words: applies, changes, computes,
constructs, demonstrates, discovers,
manipulates, modifies, operates, predicts,
prepares, produces, relates, shows, solves,

Analysis: Separates material or concepts        Examples: Troubleshoot a piece of
into component parts so that its                        equipment by using logical deduction.
organizational structure may be                        Recognize logical fallacies in reasoning.
understood. Distinguishes between facts        Gathers information from a department
and inferences.                                                      and selects the required tasks for training.

Key Words: analyzes, breaks down,
compares, contrasts, diagrams, deconstructs,
differentiates, discriminates, distinguishes,
identifies, illustrates, infers, outlines, relates,
selects, separates.

Synthesis: Builds a structure or pattern          Examples: Write a company operations or
from diverse elements. Put parts together      process manual. Design a machine to
to form a whole, with emphasis on                   perform a specific task. Integrates training
creating a new meaning or structure.              from several sources to solve a problem.
Revises and process to improve the outcome.

Key Words: categorizes, combines, compiles,
composes, creates, devises, designs, explains,
generates, modifies, organizes, plans,
rearranges, reconstructs, relates, reorganizes,
revises, rewrites, summarizes, tells, writes.

Evaluation: Make judgments about the          Examples: Select the most effective solution.
value of ideas or materials.                                Hire the most qualified candidate.
Explain and justify a new budget.

Key Words: appraises, compares, concludes,
contrasts, criticizes, critiques, defends,
describes, discriminates, evaluates, explains,
interprets, justifies, relates, summarizes,