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Table of ContentsWhat is Aptis?1Aptis Core2Aptis Reading Test3Aptis Listening Test4Aptis Writing Test5Aptis Speaking Test6Aptis Practice Test Version 17Grammar8Vocabulary15Reading18Listening24Aptis Practice Test Version 233Grammar34Vocabulary41Reading43Listening49Aptis Practice Test Version ce Writing and Speaking Test84Writing85Speaking89Answer Sheet, Answer Keys and Sample Answers92Writing97Speaking101

What is Aptis?English is one of the most preferred languages for educational institutions, and government andcorporate organisations across the world. Good English skills open doors to global opportunities forstudents and professionals alike.Aptis is a new generation, industry-agnostic English language test that provides reliable results andcan be delivered conveniently at a time and place of your choice. Developed by the British Council,the global experts in English language assessment and training, it tests your English language abilityin all four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.Once you have taken the test, the results are reported within 48 hours on a numerical scale (0 – 50)and as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which rangesfrom A1 (Beginner) to C (Advanced).Why is Aptis the right choice for you?Aptis is a flexible and reliable assessment tool that tests your performance closely, and reflects yourunderstanding of English within a functional context, making it easier to measure your English skills.This practice test book has been created to help you experience and prepare forthe actual Aptis test. It covers all four English skills – speaking, writing, reading andlistening – with grammar and vocabulary as the core component. As a replica of theAptis test, it shows you what types of questions to expect, how to answer them, andhow much time you should spend on each task.www.britishcouncil.org/aptis1

Aptis CoreGrammar Test FormatThe Grammar section has 25 questions. Each question offers you three multiple-choice answers,and you will have up to 12 minutes to answer all the questions.Advice: Please read the questions and all the answers before you make your final choice.Read the whole sentence carefully and then look at the words on either side of the gap,to help you make your choice. Reading the whole sentence before the options is alwaysadvisable.Vocabulary Test FormatThe Vocabulary section has 25 questions. You will have up to 13 minutes to answer all the questions.There are four types of questions:1. Synonym matching: Word matching – synonyms are words with the same, or similar meaning.For example, ‘speak’ is a synonym of ‘talk’, but it is not a synonym of ‘walk’. Your task is to match twowords with the same or similar meaning from the drop-down list (you will have to select five wordsfrom ten options).2. Meaning in context: Sentence completion – you have to complete the sentence by selecting aword from the drop-down list, that perfectly fits in the blank space. Choose the answer only after youhave understood the meaning of the words from the context (select five words from ten options).3. Definition matching: Matching words to definitions – you have to select a word from thedrop-down list, that best fits the definition (select five words from ten options).4. Collocation matching: Word matching – match the words most commonly used together byselecting a word in the drop-down list, that matches the word on the left (choose five words fromten options).Marking Each question is marked according to the answer key provided Each correct answer is worth one mark Each incorrect answer is worth zero marks2www.britishcouncil.org/aptis

Aptis Reading TestReading Test FormatThe Reading test has 25 questions divided into four tasks that take 30 minutes to complete. Thetasks become more difficult as the test progresses.There are four types of questions:1. Sentence comprehension: This part tests your ability to read a sentence and to completethe sentence with a suitable word. You need to choose one word, from three possible options,to complete the sentence. There are five sentences to be completed, and each sentence isfree-standing, which means, it is not necessary to understand all the sentences to complete anindividual sentence.2. Text cohesion: In this part, you will see seven sentences, which belong to a single story thathas been jumbled up. There is only one correct way in which the sentences go together to formthe story. You have to look for clues in each sentence, that show how it links to other sentences,click on the sentences and drag them to the correct position in the story. This part assesses yourknowledge of the cohesion of text.3. Short text comprehension: This part tests your ability to read and understand short texts. Yourtask is to read a text (about 150 words), and then complete the text by selecting the appropriatewords from a list and filling in the gaps. To complete the text, you need to understand more thanjust a sentence.4. Long text comprehension: This part consists of a long text (about 750 words) with a seriesof headings. Your task is to match the headings to the paragraphs in the text (there are sevento be done). Be careful as there will be an extra heading that does not fit with any paragraph.This task tests your ability to read and understand long texts, and also shows your proficiency inunderstanding the relationship between a headline and the content in the paragraphs (sometimesthey match by similar words, sometimes using similar ideas, or by sharing a common topic).Marking Each question is marked according to the answer key provided Each correct answer is worth one mark Each incorrect answer is worth zero markswww.britishcouncil.org/aptis3

Aptis Listening TestListening Test FormatThe Listening test has 25 multiple-choice questions and takes between 50-55 minutes. To answereach question, you will have to choose from four options.If you are taking the test on pen and paper, you will hear each question twice. If you are taking thetest on a computer, you may choose to hear the questions twice.For better understanding, take a Listening practice test. The practice tests areon page numbers 24, 49 and 75 of this practice book.Advice: The Listening tasks get more difficult as the test progresses. In the beginning, youlisten for keywords in the message, whereas later in the test, the speech becomes faster andthe language used is more complex.Marking Each question is marked according to the answer key provided Each correct answer is worth one mark Each incorrect answer is worth zero marks4www.britishcouncil.org/aptis

Aptis Writing TestWriting Test FormatThe Writing test has four parts and takes up to 50 minutes to complete.The types of tasks are:1. Word-level writing: In this first part, you are a member of a club and must respond to fivemessages. This part does not involve writing sentences, but just individual words or phrases. Youshould take no more than three minutes to complete this part.2. Short text writing: This part is about form filling as well, but this time you will have to writesentences. You should take no more than seven minutes to complete this part.3. Three written parts of the text, all of which require responses: Here, you will have a socialnetwork type of interaction, and receive three questions to respond to. You should spend amaximum of ten minutes on this part.4. Formal and informal writing: In this final part, you have to write an informal email to a friendand a more formal email to an unknown person. Both emails are in response to information about achange. You should spend no more than 20 minutes on this part.Please note that the timings for each section are recommendations only.Marking All writing tasks are marked by a human rater Each task has a different marking scalewww.britishcouncil.org/aptis5

Aptis Speaking TestSpeaking Test FormatThe Speaking test is only available on computer and takes about 12 minutes to complete. This testhas four parts:1. Personal information: Here, you are asked to answer three questions on personal topics, andhave to speak for 30 seconds per question.2. Describe, express your opinion, and provide reasons and explanations: This part requiresyou to first describe a photograph and then answer two questions related to the topic depicted inthe photograph. The three questions (from description to opinion) intensify in complexity, and youhave to speak for 45 seconds per question.3. Describe, compare, and provide reasons and explanations: In this part, you first have tocompare two pictures, and then answer two questions related to the topic. The three questions(from description to speculation) increase in complexity, and you will be asked to speak for 45seconds for each question.4. Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic: In this final part, you will haveto see a picture and answer three questions about an abstract topic. You can take notes and willbe given one minute to prepare an answer. You will have to speak for two minutes.Marking Your answers are recorded and a human rater marks each response according to amarking scale Each task has a different marking scale6www.britishcouncil.org/aptis

Grammar &VocabularyAptis Practice TestVersion 1Instructions Please do not write on the question paper. Use theanswer paper. Answer as many questions as you can in thetime allowed. Follow the recommended times for each section.The test has two sections:Grammar – 25 questions (about 12 minutes)Vocabulary – 25 questions (about 13 minutes)Total time – 25 minuteswww.britishcouncil.org/aptis7

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1Grammar(25 questions – 12 minutes)Write your answers (A-C) to questions 1-25 on your answer paper.Do not write on this question paper. The answer to question 0 is given as an example onyour answer paper (A).0How old you? EXAMPLEA. areB. ageC. have01The woman sold me those flowers spent twenty minutes wrapping them.A. whatB. thatC. which02A: I’ve just seen Mark.B: You have seen him. He’s on holiday at the moment.A. can’tB. shouldn’tC. needn’t03He emphasised in his speech that education he received when younger hadbeen excellent.A. (-)B. anwww.britishcouncil.org/aptis8

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1C. the04She takes the bus to work day.A. earlyB. manyC. every05I’ll call you when I home.A. getB. will getC. getting06We ate dinner and we watched a film.A. thenB. sinceC. so07We’re in a beautiful holiday home at the moment.A. stayB. stayingC. stayed08When I got home, Jenny on the telephone.A. was speakingwww.britishcouncil.org/aptis9

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1B. speakingC. speak09Coffee to be much cheaper a few years ago.A. wouldB. hasC. used10I’m not sure about my future. I will start a business.A. PerhapsB. ShallC. Might11They ate their lunch while they coming home from school.A. wereB. wasC. are12She bought it herself, she?A. hasn’tB. didn’tC. shouldn’twww.britishcouncil.org/aptis10

Aptis Practice TestVersion 113If the dress been so expensive, she would have bought it.A. hadn’tB. weren’tC. aren’t14I a great book this morning – I really want to finish it.A. was readingB. readC. have read15Excuse me? Can I try this jacket to make sure it fits?A. underB. withC. on16I saw Wi Joo this morning and she if you were free tomorrow.A. toldB. askedC. saidwww.britishcouncil.org/aptis11

Aptis Practice TestVersion 117When I go to university, I may history.A. studyB. to studyC. studying18It be meat free – it tastes just like chicken!A. couldB. canC. can’t19It was a dark, moonlit night when the traveller at the inn.A. arrivedB. was arrivingC. had arrived20If I hadn’t gone out last night, I be so tired now.A. won’tB. wouldn’tC. hadn’twww.britishcouncil.org/aptis12

Aptis Practice TestVersion 121I like mushrooms, but I can’t stop eating them now.A. wouldn’tB. didn’t use toC. couldn’t22The newspaper China Today published for over 60 years.A. is beingB. has beenC. was being23They said they been studying for ages.A. will haveB. areC. had been24My father, is a dentist, told me not to drink sugary drinks.A. whoB. whichC. thatwww.britishcouncil.org/aptis13

Aptis Practice TestVersion 125memory of the day I met the president is very special to me.A. TheB. AC. (-)www.britishcouncil.org/aptis14

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1Vocabulary(25 questions – 13 minutes)You need to write all answers on your answer paper. Do not write on this question paper.01Write the letter (A-K) of the word that is most similar in meaning to a word on the left (1-5).Use each word once only. Write your answers (A-K) on your answer paper. You will notneed five of the words (A-K). The answer to question 0 is given on your answer paper as anexample (L).0. create1. choose2. close3. improve4. care5. practise02ABCDEFGHJKLtrainlook akeFinish each sentence (6-10) using a word from the list (A-K). Use each word once only.Write your answers (A-K) on your answer paper. You will not need five of the words (A-K).6. To oppose someone is to 7. To teach someone is to 8. To accept something is to 9. To get something is to 10. To pay someone is to /aptis15

Aptis Practice TestVersion 103Write the letter of the word on the right (A-K) that matches the definition on the left (11-15).Use each word once only. Write your answers (A-K) on your answer paper. You willnot need five of the words (A-K).11. Wanting to know or learn something.12. Not natural or real.13. Not clear and difficult to understand or see.14. Having a flat, even surface.15. Having a lot of strong bscurepeculiarsmoothemotionalFinish each sentence (16-20) using a word from the list (A-K). Use each word once only.Write your answers (A-K) on your answer paper. You will not need five of the words (A-K).16. He had to walk down a long dark to get tohis room.17. The teacher should maintain in the classroomto make the lesson effective.18. She opened the and took a coat out of it.19. You should cut your regularly otherwise yourhair will get in your eyes.20. The local has an exhibit about the history ofthis elopefringehedgemuseumwardrobe

Aptis Practice TestVersion 105Write the letter of the word on the right (A-K) that is most often used with a word on the left(21-25). Use each word once only. Write your answers (A-K) on your answer paper. You willnot need five of the words (A-K).21. abstract22. athletics23. congested24. frantic25. tis17

ReadingAptis Practice TestVersion 1Instructions Please do not write on the question paper. Use the answer paper. Answer as many questions as you can. Time yourself properly to finish all the tasks.www.britishcouncil.org/aptis18

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1Reading(25 questions – 30 minutes)01Choose one word (A, B or C) for each space and write the letter on the answer paper.The first one (0) is done for you as an example with the answer A marked on your answer paper.0A. buyB. eatC. watch1A. veryB. moreC. same2A. thinkB. rememberC. forget3A. closesB. losesC. works4A. hospitalB. roomC. business5A. almostB. aroundC. nearlyEXAMPLEHi Pete,Can yousome things after you finish work today?AWe need milk and eggs.Don’t to get a can of dog food.The shop late today.I have an appointment at the .I will see you at home at 7 s19

Aptis Practice TestVersion 1Order the sentences (B-G) below to make a story.Write your answers on the answer paper (Questions 6-11).02The first sentence of the story (A) is given for you on the answer paper as anexample.A Life with HorsesEXAMPLE:AWilliam Bell was born in Argentina in 1953.BHe used his popularity to help many young people learn to ride and take care ofhorses.CDWhen he was a child, he lived on a farm and he loved animals.After his success, he went on to win many international competitions and hebecame very famous.EEventually he retired and returned home to his farm in Argentina.FHe won his first riding competition when he was fifteen.GHe worked with horses on the farm after school and became a very good horserider.www.britishcouncil.org/aptis20

Aptis Practice TestVersion 103Read the text and complete each gap with a word from the list at the bottom of thepage. Read the texts and answer questions 12-18.Occupational StressOccupational stress relates to the physical, emotional and psychological (0)on a person. It can be caused by a/an (12) between a person’s ability and thedemands of a task, long hours, poor environment or difficult relationships. Stressful workenvironments can cause organisations (13) issues such as lower productivity,lackadaisical performance and increased absenteeism. If individuals do not avoid stress,it may result in physical or mental (14) . Some options to manage stress relatedto work are regular exercise, healthy diet and (15) consumption of caffeinatedbeverages and cigarettes. In some cases, professional (16) may be unavoidable.Office workers who responded to a recent (17) suggested that employersshould provide guidance on organising work tasks, balancing work and life demands andtaking regular breaks. Some employees have reported improvements after attending time(18) workshops.Example (0): K - effectsA - illnessB - assistanceC - complicationD - surveyE - increasingF - significantG - conflictH - reducingI - employersJ - managementK - effectswww.britishcouncil.org/aptis21

Aptis Practice TestVersion 104Read the text below. Match the headings A-H to the paragraphs 19-25.Write your answers (A-H) on the answer paper. There is one more heading than you need.The answer to paragraph 0 is given on the answer paper as an example (J).The Kon-Tiki0. In 1947, the strangest craft to set sail in 500 years crossed the South Pacific from Peru toIndonesia. A Norwegian scientist called Thor Heyerdahl built the boat, Kon-Tiki, named after theIndonesian Sun god, and made the massive journey across open seas with the aim of proving histheory about the origins of the Indonesian people.19. Heyerdahl believed that the Indonesian people had come from Peru. He said, stone headsfound on Easter Island were so similar to those around Lake Titicaca in Peru that there had to bea connection. But other scientists claimed that it would have been impossible for the Peruvians tomake the journey across open sea. They said, the stone figures had been made by Indonesians tofrighten a local enemy they were fighting. Heyerdahl thought these battles were really betweenIndonesian natives and Peruvian invaders, and that the Peruvians could have made the journey. Itwas this that he wanted to prove.20. Kon-Tiki was designed by copying pre-Columbian illustrations and paintings. It was built in Peruusing local materials like wood, reeds and rope made from plants. There was no metal used at all inthe construction. The finished boat was 15 metres long and 5 metres wide. The six man crew, anda parrot called Lorita, shared a small cabin of 5 metres long and 2 metres wide. They also had tocarry enough supplies for the 100-day crossing. They carried with them 1,250 litres of water and200 coconuts as well as fruits and roots. The US Army had also given them em

This practice test book has been created to help you experience and prepare for the actual Aptis test. It covers all four English skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening – with grammar and vocabulary as the core component. As a replica of the Aptis test, it shows you w