Unscramble words and other word scramble games are a great way to practice word recognition skills (not to mention spelling and suffix use.) 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 English academic vocabulary—words from Level 1 and 2 of the Academic Word List (AWL).
(Level 1 gives the 60 most common words of the AWL and level 2 gives 60 more. Only a few are practiced on this page!)
There are also word scramble practices with words related to civics and American government. (They’re not all on the AWL.)
Each interactive game is on a separate page because of the interactive game code. There are also some non-interactive scrambles later on this page and the first noun game page.
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.
If you want a more difficult challenge, choose games from the mixed group. Each sequence has 5 interactive 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 you want under More Unscramble Games 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. (Each hint will reduce your score by 10 points.)
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.
Can you unscramble these AWL level 1-2 adjectives? They're listed in the extra help below, but it's better if you can guess them from word meanings, so I've included a hint after each scrambled word. Answers are at the bottom of the page-- but don't peek until you try!
1. mitteedas. Hint: figured an approximate amount; guessed at
2. cifepisc. Hint: one certain individual or group, not just anyone or anything related
3. bavelari. Hint: subject to change
4. larentev. Hint: closely connected or pertinent
5. versiupo. Hint: before
6. nitardolati. Hint: the customary way of doing something
7. seroufculer. Hint: able to figure out a way of accomplishing something, even when there isn’t an obvious way
These words to unscramble can be very difficult if you have no idea which words are included. So I've given lists of possible words below. I didn't want to make it too easy, so I included extra words and did not separate nouns and adjectives.
Besides, it's very useful to understand the suffixes that make words into nouns or adjectives. That's why I added a quick explanation below the lists. If you already know all this-- great! If not, it is worth a little time to study it. It will help you when you read, and especially when you need to choose the correct form as you write.
(If you are writing about a major problem, do you call it a significant problem or a significance problem? Use 'significant'-- the adjective. If you want to explain why it's so important, you would talk about its significance, using the noun.)
These are all important to understand (but not all included in these scrambles):
1. estimated, 2. specific, 3. variable, 4. relevant, 5. previous, 6. traditional, 7. resourceful.