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A Task Statement is a comprehensive statement of work activity that elaborates upon the performance domain.  Each task statement details a particular work activity in such a way that the series of task statements offers a comprehensive and detailed description of each performance domain.

How do I write a good task statement?


A task statement should answer the following questions:

  1. What activity do you perform?
  2. To Whom or To What is your activity directed?
  3. How do you accomplish the activity?
  4. Why do you perform this activity?

A task statement should always be complete, and contain all four parts, What? To Whom/What? How? and Why? A good task statement should start with an active verb such as Write, Make, Build, Teach, Obtain, Apply, Examine, etc.

What if I can't think of an action verb?


Some verbs are not as definitive as an action verb, but will work just as well. Examples are, help, obtain, prepare, handle, etc.

Task statements should be recorded on a Word document or worksheet and there should be somewhere between 3 and 12 task statements for each performance domain.

These are examples of task statements and the following color coding shows the various components. Notice there is usually (but not always) an order in which the components are written.


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