Find Academic Word List Vocabulary Practice

Use this alphabetical list to find pages to practice Academic Word List vocabulary on our site. Learning the 570 word families on the Academic Word List (AWL-- see Academic Vocabulary) can help you prepare for academic or professional tests as well as increase your reading comprehension. These words are also essential to understand and participate in academic (or business or professional) discussions in English.

3-4 words from each level of the Academic Word ListExamples from the Academic Word List

This list of AWL words (beginning here with A and B, and continuing on the four pages with links at the bottom of this page) provides three useful pieces of information about each of these word families:

  • their most common forms,
  • and the issues of the English Detective newsletter that feature that word in readings, discussion, and practice activities.

(See Building Vocabulary Week by Week for more information on English Detective.) 

How to Use These Lists

Each entry gives the words of a word family on the AWL with their parts of speech and the newsletter(s) in which they are practiced.

The first word listed is usually the most common form given on the AWL. (However, if that form is the past tense of a verb ending in -ed, I have put the base form of the verb instead, unless the word is frequently used as an adjective.) After it are other forms in the same word family, since the Academic Word List is a list of families, not just single words.

Each word is followed by an abbreviation for its part of speech (v for verb, n for noun, adj for adjective, adv for adverb, conj for conjunction, prep for preposition), so you will have an idea how it is used. Many words can be used both as nouns and as verbs, and many -ed or -ing forms of verbs can also be used as adjectives.

Almost any noun will also have a plural form ending in -s (or -es), so those forms are not listed. Verbs will also have a form ending in -s or -es (for 3rd person singular: he or she), as well as forms ending in -ing and -ed for other tenses (and as adjective forms.) Those are not listed either, unless they are commonly used as adjectives.

Most other commonly used forms will be listed. These include

·       words beginning with in- or un- (negative forms making its meaning the opposite of the original),

·       words ending in -able or -ible  (usually adjectives meaning possible,)

·       words ending in -ly (usually adverbs), Many adjectives can be made into adverbs by adding -ly. I have only listed the adverb forms when they are quite common.

·       nouns ending in -ion or -ment, etc. 

For more information on these endings and what they mean, see Word Families, and List of Suffixes.

If you are interested in studying a specific word, note the newsletter number and go to the appropriate page of the Academic Vocabulary Word Lists to find which readings include it, and which pages practice it.

  • Issues 1-5 are on that first page, 
  • issues 6-10 are on Academic Vocabulary Word List 2 

Newsletters 1- 23 practiced the complete AWL. Issues after that review important vocabulary within the newsletter but are not on the Academic Vocabulary Lists. See each back issue for a discussion of those words and the readings that practice them. 

(The first Academic Vocabulary Word List page also explains how to use Find on your browser to find the word you want within a reading’s text.)

Because of its length, this alphabetical Academic Word List vocabulary page was split into sections. For words beginning with A- B, see belowFor links to the rest of the alphabet, go to the bottom of this page.

Academic Word List Vocabulary A-B -- in issue(s) #:  


  • abandon, v.: abandonment, n. abandoned, adj.--  17 (To practice, see Back Issue-#17 or the related Academic Voc. Word List page-- here pg.3)
  • abstract, adj; abstraction, n.--  8 (use above link to find all back issues)
  • academic, adj,, academy, n.-- 12
  • access, n or v; accessible, adj.-- 7
  • accommodation, n., accommodate, v.- 18
  • accompany, v., accompaniment, n.-- 21
  • accumulation, n.. accumulate, v.-- 15
  • accurate, adj; accurately, adv.-- 1, 2
  • achieve, v; achievement, achievable-- 3
  • acknowledge, v., acknowledgement-- 10   
  • acquisition, n; acquire, acquisitive-- 1
  • adaptation, n., adapt, adaptable-- 11 
  • adequate, adj., adequately, adv.-- 14
  • adjacent, adj.-- 20
  • adjustment, n., adjust, v., adjustable, adj.-- 22, 26
  • administration, n., administer,v., administrator,n.-- 11  
  • adult, n. or adj. -- 9
  • advocate, n. or v.-- 17
  • affect, v; affected, adj., affection, n.-- 2
  • aggregate, v., aggregation, n.-- 21
  • aid, n or v-- 8, 13, 14  
  • albeit, conj.- 20  
  • allocation, n. allocate,v.-- 12  
  • alter, v., altered, adj.-- 21, 26  
  • alternative, n.or adj., alternatively, adv., alternate, n. or v.-- 15  
  • ambiguous, adj-- 5  
  • amendment, n, amend,v.,amended, adj.--16
  • analogous, adj., analogy, n.-- 5
  • analysis, n; analyze,v., analytic or analytical, adj., analytically, adv., analyst, n.-- 1
  • annual, adj., annually, adv.-- 11 
  • anticipate, v., anticipation, n., anticipated, adj.-- 20  
  • apparent, adj., apparently, adv.-- 13
  • appendix, n.-- 16
  • appreciation, n., appreciate, v., appreciable, adj., appreciably, adv.-- 20
  • approach, v or n; approachable, adj., approaching, adj,-- 4
  • appropriate, adj; appropriately,adv., inappropriate, adj.-- 2
  • approximate, v. or adj., approximately, adv.-- 17
  • arbitrary, adj., arbitrarily, (not closely related: arbitrate-v., arbitration, n.)-- 10, 28
  • area, n.-- 1, 6
  • aspect, n.-- 1
  • assembly, n., assemble,v.-- 15
  • assessment, n., assess, v.-- 9,13
  • assign, v., assignment, n., assigned, adj-- 20
  • assistance, n., assist,v. assistant,n., assisted, adj.-- 4
  • assume, v., assumption,n., assumable, adj.-- 5, 25
  • assurance,n., assure,v.,assured, adj, assuredly, adv.-- 23
  • attach, v., attached, adj., attachment,n,-- 23, 27
  • attained, v., attainment, attainable-- 1, 3
  • attitude, n.-- 3
  • attribute, v., attribution,n.-- 17, 26
  • author, n.--1
  • authority,n., authoritative, adj., authoritarian,adj., authorize, v., authorization, n.-- 13 
  • automatically, adv., automatic,adj., automate,v., automation,n.-- 9, 27  
  • available, adj.-- 2, 7


  • behalf, n. (only used in expressions: 'on behalf of' [a name] or 'on [someone's] behalf')-- 17
  • benefit, n. or v., beneficial, adj., beneficiary, n.-- 3
  • bias, n. (or v.), biased, adj.-- 2, 16, 24, 26
  • bond, n. or v., bonding, adj.-- 21
  • brief, adj., briefly, adv.-- 15
  • bulk, n., bulk, adj.-- 21

For C-E. see Academic Word List Vocabulary C-E.  Go to AWL Vocabulary F-M, N-R. or S-Z for the rest of the lists.

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