Academic Word List Exercises

A little about the Academic Word List

My daily word exercises are based on the Academic Word List (AWL). The AWL is a of the words most used in academic writing across all specialties (science, law,medicine,economics etc). As such they are precisely the words to be used in academic IELTS.

The AWL contains 570 word families subdivided in 10 lists with list 1 containing the most frequently used words and list 10 the least. The idea is that you should start off learning list 1 and work your way through to list 10.

The complete list of AWL words

For those of you interested in the complete list of all words in the AWL and not just the headwords, this list in the form of a pdf file comes from Victoria University.

IELTS essay exercises using the Academic Word List

These interactive exercises are based on my sample IELTS essays. For each of my essays, you will find an exercise where you can read the essay and then practise  rewriting it with the words from the Academic Word List.

List 1 words and exercises

A complete set of exercises on every head word in list one of the academic word list. These exercises focus on how to use these words and give you practice in:

  • prepositions
  • collocations
  • word formation

List 2 words and exercises

A complete set of exercises on every head word in list two of the academic word list. These exercises focus on how to use these words and give you practice in:

  • prepositions
  • collocations
  • word formation

List 3 words and exercises

A complete set of exercises on every head word in list two of the academic word list. These exercises focus on how to use these words and give you practice in:

  • prepositions
  • collocations
  • word formation

Recommended resource

This page is incomplete! I am slowly working working my way through the AWL word by word – it will take me some time to complete and then I intend to go back and improve the exercises I do have. Don’t wait for me though, there is another site with an excellent series of exercises that I whole-heartedly recommend:

English Vocabulary Exercises

Another place to check out is

Compleat Lexical Tutor - testing yourself can be good!

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