Unscramble words and other word scramble games are a great way to practice word recognition skills (not to mention spelling.) Besides being fun, they help you get more familiar with common patterns in English words.
The scrambled word games here let you practice some of the most common words in academic vocabulary—words from Level 1 of the Academic Word List (AWL). The AWL includes the 570 most common academic words in a variety of academic texts. (It doesn’t include words from the General Service List-- the 2000 most freqnet words of all.) Level 1 gives the 60 most common words of the AWL.
We also have one set of linked word scramble practices with words related to American government. (They’re not all on the AWL.)
Each game is on a separate page because of the interactive game code. You can reach any of them from this page. The first three sets of games are arranged by type of word to make it easier to guess. (Many adjectives will have the adjective endings discussed in the Suffix List, and many of the nouns have the suffix endings belonging only to nouns.) If you want a more difficult challenge, choose games from the mixed group. Each sequence has 5 games, except for the adjectives with 6.
This page has the first game of the AWL Adjective Words. If you prefer to play the Mixed Words, AWL Nouns, or Government Words, just click the link below to start that sequence.
Instructions: Click on each letter in the correct order to form a word. (You can undo one letter at a time if you decide to change it, or just click 'restart' to begin anew.) When you think it is right, click “check” to check your answer. If you need help, click on “Hint” to learn the next letter. Then just click the link to the next game you want (or from other games, return to this page to find another game.) Have fun!
A hint for the word scrambled below: it means fitting or proper.