Basic Terms and Terminology Relating to Recognizing Events in a Sequence

  • A sequence: The specific order of events or steps of a process or procedure from the first to the last or final step
  • Chronological order: The specific order of things and events in terms of time from the earliest time to the latest time.

Although sequences and chronological order are similar concepts, they are distinctly different. A sequence is defined as a specific order of events or steps of a process, and chronological order is the order of things in terms of time.

Chronological Order

Time can be in terms of centuries, decades, years, months, dates, hours, minutes and seconds.

For example, the correct and accurate chronological order of major wars that the United States has been involved in is:

  1. The Revolutionary War
  2. The Civil War
  3. World War I
  4. World War II
  5. The Korean War
  6. The Vietnam Conflict
  7. The Iraq War
  8. The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Some of the key words and clue words associated with and signals for a chronological order include:

  • All year
  • Each century
  • Every other decade
  • All season
  • Every season
  • Everyday
  • All day
  • Since
  • One day
  • Never
  • Always
  • Seldom
  • Rarely
  • Occasionally
  • Often
  • Now
  • Today
  • Yesterday
  • Last century
  • Last year
  • Last decade

As you should know by looking at the list of words immediately above, all of these clue words for that signal chronological order are adverbs that describe a length of time, how often and when.

Sequential Order

More information and examples about sequential order can be found in the chapter of this TEAS review under "Following Directions and Procedures".

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