5-Minute Aptis: Mini-Tests & Memory Games

5-minute Aptis practice

5-Minute Aptis: Mini-Tests & Memory Games

We’ve all got busy lives, so here’s a compilation of all our mini-tests and memory games.  Everyone can find the time for 5-minute Aptis practice!  It’s a memorable and fun way to practise the grammar and the vocabulary you need for the Aptis Core Test. We always tell our students that it’s better to do a little practice every day than too much at once. And the more you practise, the better!

To find out more about how Aptis Tutor can help you, take this mini-test!

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So you want ........ your English?

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We've got exam-style tests for you to ........

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We explain ....... what grammar you need to know.

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We give you lots of .......... on how to answer the questions.

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And there's grammar ......... too.

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There are many vocabulary exercises for you to .....

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You can watch videos ...... improve your answers

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We'll help you get a better ....

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So we recommend you ...... today with Aptis Tutor!

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Our grammar and vocabulary exercises are designed to practise language at levels B1 and B2. We’ve chosen areas that our students often find problematic, and we’ll be adding to these all the time. Doing these ‘bite-sized’ tests when you’ve got five minutes to spare can really help. They’re useful for students doing Aptis General and Aptis for Teachers. At the end of each mini-test you’ll find links to the relevant posts. We’ll be adding to these every week, so remember to check back in.

The memory games give you a lighter way to practise for the vocabulary component of the Core Test.  These will be useful for everyone, whatever Aptis test you’re doing. We’ll soon be adding more tests to cover each of the four question-types. So let’s warm up with those!

Memory Games

Adjective Synonym Pairs

Verb and Noun Collocation Pairs

For more details about these, go to Memory Games: Synonyms and Collocations.

Mini-Tests

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Some typical uses of 'get'

Choose the correct verb to substitute for 'get'

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I got malaria last time I went to the rainforest.

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He never got her text because he forgot to charge his phone.

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It's almost impossible to get a 10 in maths.

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The traffic was so bad that he didn't get home till 8pm.

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I don't think it's fair if men get more than women for the same job.

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If you're going to the supermarket, can you get some eggs?

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I made a really funny joke, but nobody got it.

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He got first prize in the poetry competition.

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Look at this great dress I got in the sales!

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My niece has got so tall since I last saw her!

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We usually get the bus to school.

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I'll go and get my car-keys – wait for me here.

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Vocabulary

Phrasal Verbs with 'Get'

Choose the correct word to complete the phrasal verb

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I usually get … well with my fellow students.

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The taxi drove off before she could get ….

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The children got … their bikes and rode away.

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I never get … before 9am on Saturdays as I don't have to work.

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The teacher tried to get the explanation … to the students.

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Do you speak enough Vietnamese to get … on holiday?

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My kids are really getting … sports this year – they train every day.

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I think you gave me the wrong number – I can't get … to anybody.

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She still hasn't got … the divorce – it was a hard time for her.

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When I got … the plane I felt happy to be home.

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Many people don't earn enough money to get ….

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How many times do I have to explain? It's impossible to get … to you!

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More details and more practice too in Vocabulary: The Typical Uses of ‘Get’

Vocabulary

Vocabulary: Adjectives plus Prepositions

See if you can choose the correct preposition to use in these sentences.

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She scored 10 goals – she’s brilliant …. football.

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Chris is really upset …. what her brother said about her new top.

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You could be nicer …. him – he's lonely.

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I'm responsible …. training new staff.

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Vally is very different …. her brother.

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Bob was very pleased …. his results.

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I’ve been married ….. my wife for just over 6 months.

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My sister’s so rude …. everyone and I’ve no idea why.

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I’m sorry …. what I called you, I was so angry I couldn’t stop myself.

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I’m really afraid …. big dogs!

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What is your city famous ....?

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A smoking jacket is very similar …. a tuxedo.

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You’ll find more examples of this in Adjectives plus Prepositions.

Vocabulary Mini-test: Make or Do?

‘Make’ & ‘do’ are two verbs that often cause confusion.  Try this mini-test to practise collocation.

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Give me your dirty clothes – I’m going to _____ the laundry now.

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I’m thisty – could you _____ me a cold drink?

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This floor is very dusty – I must _____ the hoovering today!

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This test is hard, but just _____ your best!

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Try not to ______ any mistakes.

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Why don't you ______ your hair differently for a change?

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You should ______ your homework before you go out.

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Why don't you _____ some physical exercise?

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You could _____ some tea.

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Try to _____ a decision.

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Why don't you _____ some tidying?

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You should _____ an appointment with the dentist.

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More details and more practice too in Vocabulary: Make or Do?

Vocabulary Mini-Test: Adjective Endings '-ed' or '-ing'?

Choose the correct adjective to complete the sentences.

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My brother’s wedding service was really __________. Everyone cried.

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I couldn’t understand the grammar. I was totally __________.

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Sally works for ten hours a day, so it’s not __________ that she fell asleep on the bus.

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He was very __________ to fail all his exams.

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Silvia's very funny! She tells lots of __________ stories.

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I can’t eat this – it’s really __________!

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This is a really __________ job.

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I’m so ___________ after all that work!

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She was very __________  by the terrible news.

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Don’t invite Paul to the party – he’s so __________!

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He was really __________ when he lost his job.

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I saw a really __________ programme yesterday.

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Go to Vocabulary: Adjective Endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ for an explanation and more practice.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary: Talking about Family

A 'Get Ready for B1' vocabulary quiz about family

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I’ve got a really big _______ family; lots of aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Your aunt's children are your _______.

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Your grandmother’s brother is your _______.

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My sister’s had twin girls, so now I’ve got two _______.

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He hasn’t got any brothers or sisters; he’s _______.

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Pablo’s my dad’s second cousin, so he’s a distant _______.

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Dina’s from _______ family; her dad left home, so she lives with her mum.

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She’s _______ now, and she’s probably going to get divorced.

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Your sister's sons are your _______.

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Her husband died last year, so she’s a _______ now.

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My _______ family is very small; just my parents and me.

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My husband’s sister is my _______.

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Go to Get Ready for B1: Talking about Family for an explanation and more practice.

Vocabulary

How to use 'like'

Get Ready for B1: Vocabulary Test

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I like red wine, but my brother ….

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She really likes … languages.

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… to come to our party?

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She likes … rock music.

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… action films?

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Where … to go next weekend?

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What …? She's kind and friendly.

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What was the hotel …? Very good – I'll stay there again.

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He … his brother – they've got the same eyes.

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This tea tastes … lemon.

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Did you like the film? Yes, I ….

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He works … a doctor.

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What …? It's enormous, with lots to see.

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Go to Get Ready for B1: How to use ‘Like’ for an explanation and more practice.

Grammar

Grammar

'I wish ...' and 'If only ...'

Complete the sentences with the correct verb form.

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I wish they … the plan – I preferred it the way it was.

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I wish you … to leave now. I want you to stay.

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I didn't tell him and now it's too late. If only … him.

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I wish … him more often. I'm sorry I never took the time.

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She's always smoking. I wish …

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I wish … 500€. Then I could buy that bike.

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If only … up on time. Then I wouldn't have missed the plane.

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I don't want to go back to school – if only summer holidays … longer!

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I wish people … their mobiles on the bus – it's so annoying!

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I'm so sorry about your problem. I wish … something I could do to help.

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If only … enough time to go to the party. Everyone says it was great.

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Your music is driving me mad! I wish … it off!

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You’ll find the rules in the B1, B2 & C1 Grammar Reference and more practice in “I wish” y “If only”.

Grammar

Too or Enough?

Complete the sentences with too, too much, too many or enough.

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She felt sick because she had eaten …

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I couldn’t hear the announcement because it …

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We’re going to miss the train because we left home …

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We haven’t got … to buy that car.

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Are you … to explore the rainforest?

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Will we have … to get to the airport?

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Those shoes are … big for me.

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There’s … noise in this pub.

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I’ve got … books to carry.

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She’s not … to go skydiving.

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Chinese is … difficult for me to learn in a year.

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There are ... people on this bus.

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You’ll find more practice in Grammar: ‘Too’ or ‘Enough’?

Grammar

Grammar: Present Perfect Key Words

A quiz about key words we often use with the present perfect.

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… have you been to Paris?

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He's still here – he hasn't left ….

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A: I didn't know the election result!  B: Well, it's only .... been announced.

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He's known her …. four years.

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…. has she worked there?

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I haven't finished my homework …., so I can't go out.

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No more cakes for me, thanks – I've …. eaten six!

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It's hard to believe, but I …. haven't seen Game of Thrones.

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Have you …. seen Cats?

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A: Your hair's all wet! B: Yes, I've …. had a shower.

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Has he called you back ….?

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This is my first time in London. I've …. been here before.

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You’ll find more practice in Grammar: Uses of the Present Perfect.

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Grammar Mini-test: Prepositions of time

Choose at, in, on  or no preposition for each time expression

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Let’s meet ...... the end of the week.

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I saw that film .... last month

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The shops are never open ...... Christmas Day

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The museum gardens are sometimes open ........ night

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I'm going to do an English course ..... next September

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I usually visit my brother ...... Christmas.

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I got married ...... December.

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He started working here ........ the day before yesterday

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Manu arrives here ....... Tuesday morning

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I like to have a shower ...... the morning.

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Her birthday is ...... June 26th.

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Rock'n'roll became popular ........ the 1950s

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You’ll find the rules in the B1, B2 & C1 Grammar Reference and more practice in Grammar: Prepositions of Time.

Grammar Mini-test: Reported Speech

Change this dialogue into Reported Speech

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"How many parts are there to the Aptis Test" asked Loli.

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"I think there are four" I told her.

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"Do I have to do them all?" Loli asked.

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"Yes, you must do all four parts" I explained.

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"Are you going to do the test this month?" she asked.

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"Yes, I've already booked it" I told her.

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"Where's the test centre?" she asked.

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"I'll have a look online tomorrow" I replied.

No auxiliary verb 'do'; use if or whether in yes/no questions.  The verb 'to be' changes position and goes back a tense.

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"Can you give me the website address?" asked Loli.

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"Yes, I'll text it to you" I promised.

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"I wrote it down yesterday, but I've lost it" she said.

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"I'll send it to you tonight when I get home" I told her.

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