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This online crossword reviews essential academic vocabulary for school assignments and test-taking. These are the words you need to understand in order to follow instructions, from very common words like explain and describe to more specialized vocabulary like infer, distinguish, and evidence.
You will find these words repeatedly on essay and other class assignments, and on tests, from an English final or state yearly testing to the TOEFL, IELTS, and SAT. So it’s important to know exactly what each word means and what you are expected to do.
(There is an excellent discussion of the importance of these words for testing at Visual Thesaurus’ blog. It’s written for teachers, but also includes some diagrams of relationships between the various words. He refers to Jim Burke’s A List, which was part of the inspiration for this crossword. The student or teacher pdfs you can download there give his list of 15 crucial words and explain more clearly the differences between them.)
A little over half the words on this crossword are from the Academic Word List. The others are even more common. Most are verbs for giving instructions (though I also included some noun forms related to such verbs.) You almost certainly;'know' many of them, Do you know what they ask you to do?
Instructions: Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number. Type your answer into the box to the right of the clue, then press “Enter.”. (All the clues are visible at once at the bottom of the grid.) Some of the spaces on the puzzle are smaller than they should be, but they will expand to fit the letters as you enter the words.
Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answers. If you are stuck, you can click on "Hint" (the tiny box to the right of "enter") to get a free letter. There are also a few hints at the bottom of this page.
Good luck, and enjoy the challenge!
Much of EnglishHints is devoted to academic vocabulary practice, (or integrated reading and practice), but three pages demonstrate all but four of the words on this crossword: Essay Organization, Scientific Method Vocabulary, and Proofreading Practice. You might want to read those pages to get an idea of how these words are used. A form of each of the remaining four words can be found in this paragraph or in the page introduction.
There’s another online crossword, as well as a review of the structure and function of nerves, at Nervous System Vocabulary. However, most of EnglishHint’s crosswords for practicing academic vocabulary are pdfs. You can find them at Printable Crossword Puzzles. There are also several word search puzzles on the Interactive Vocabulary Games page below.