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AWL Practice Exercises 

These pages provide you with practice with the academic word list - the most common words found in academic texts.

These are words 41 - 50 from sublist 1.

Words 41-50

  • occur
  • percent
  • period
  • policy
  • principle
  • procedure
  • process
  • required
  • research
  • response

Exercise 1

Which of the above AWL words do you know? Match the definitions to the word:

1. a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works

2. a length of time

3. a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result

4. a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding

5. to need or make necessary

6. to happen (especially of accidents and other unexpected events)

7. for or out of every 100, shown by the symbol %

8. a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed officially by a group of people, a business organization, a government or a political party

9. to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or done

10. a set of actions which is the official or accepted way of doing something

Score =

Academic Word List Exercises 1 - Correct answers:


Exercise 2

Choose which word will fit in the gap:

1. The country is run on democratic .

2. You got 20 of the answers right - that means one in every five.

3. Please telephone this number if you any further information.

4. If any of these symptoms while you are taking the medicine, consult your doctor immediately.

5. Her work means that she spends long away from home.

6. They believe that the European Community needs a common foreign and security .

7. I asked her what the time was, but she didn't .

8. The company has new for dealing with complaints.

9. Increasing the number of women in top management jobs will be a slow .

10. They are doing some fascinating into the language of dolphins.

Score =

Academic Word List Exercises 2 - Correct answers:

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