Aptis Advanced: Speaking Test 1 with Sample C1 Answers
This speaking test with sample C1 answers is the supplementary version of Aptis Advanced: Speaking Practice Test 1. Like all our exam practice videos, it’s read by native speakers, which will help you improve your pronunciation. As you know, Aptis Advanced is aimed at students from levels B1-C2, but we’re concentrating on C1. This is because it’s the level most advanced students need to achieve for their studies or jobs.
If you haven’t tried the original video yet, we strongly recommend you to do so. It’s always a good idea to see how well you can do on your own before looking at the script. You’ll also find a summary there of what you’re expected to do in each part of the test, so we’ll just give you a brief reminder here.
In Part One you have to describe and compare two pictures, and provide reasons and explanations.
Part Two consists of talking about personal experience and opinion in relation to an abstract topic.
In Part Three you have to give a short presentation on a given topic.
Part Four consists of a question related to your presentation.
So here’s the video of the test with sample C1 answers. Remember that the responses in this video are prepared model answers read out by native speakers. We’ve fitted in as much as we can so as to give you as many ideas as we can. You wouldn’t be expected to fit so much into each spontaneous response during Part One or Part Four. On the other hand, in Parts Two and Three you do have one minute to plan what you’re going to say.
You’ll find the full script below.
Aptis Advanced Speaking 1: Test with Sample C1 Answers
Here’s the full script from the video. Useful expressions and structures are highlighted in bold. The idea is that you can use these as a framework for your own responses. While much of the grammar is also accessible to a good B2-level student, you’ll notice an increase in the range and complexity of the lexis.
In Part Three we’ve highlighted the language of presentation and discussion, and focused on connectors.
We’ve also included reminders of the timing throughout the test.
(45 seconds per answer)
What do you see in the two pictures?
Both photos show young women doing competitive activities, though the first is a team game, whereas the second is individual. In the football photo, one determined-looking footballer is tackling another. They could be professionals, as women’s football’s really been gaining in popularity.
The other shows a chess player who looks as though she’s in her late teens. She seems very concentrated on the game – she’s staring at the board, working out her next move. It must be early on in the match, as there are still a lot of pieces in play.
Which of these activities would you prefer to do? Why?
If I had to choose one of the two, I’d say chess – although I’ve never played except as a child. Speaking personally, I’d much rather do mental activities such as crosswords and sudokus, as I’m really good at formulating plans, and that would be indispensable for any good chess player.
I’ve never been into sport that much, really … and anyway, recently I’ve been so busy studying that I wouldn’t have had much time to train for any physical sport. Plus with the pandemic, team games have been a real no-no!
Which of these two activities do you think children would prefer?
Obviously this would depend on the child, and everyone’s different … so it’s a bit difficult to generalise. Some kids can’t stand sport! Still, I’d say that the vast majority would choose football. As a primary teacher I’ve seen the magical effect producing a football can have on a group of kids. It gives them the chance to run around and let off steam … and the rules – unlike those of chess – are pretty easy to learn … basically, you just have to get the ball into the net!
(1 minute to think, 2 minutes to answer all 3 questions)
How important is that children learn about saving money?
What advice would you give someone about managing their personal finances?
Why do people think that wealth brings happiness?
Funnily enough, only yesterday my colleagues and I were discussing the importance of teaching children about saving money. It’s definitely a vital skill to have. I reckon one reason so many people get themselves into debt is that they don’t understand about interest rates. They take out a loan, or get credit on goods, and then they’re trapped by exorbitant charges. If they’d learnt about this in school, they wouldn’t have such a hard time as adults.
The best advice I could give about managing personal finances is to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. This might be short-term goals like saving for a holiday, or a long-term goal like planning for your retirement. I’d advise people to make a list of all their incomings and outgoings, and work out where they could save money. Then start a savings account for their short-term goals, and a high-interest account for the long-term ones.
As I see it, people who think wealth automatically brings happiness are being fooled by media hype. They look at the glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous and equate that with happiness. While of course it’s true that money can help you solve many problems in life, it’s not a magic wand.
(1 minute to prepare your argument, 1.5 minutes to speak. Remember you only have to include TWO of the points from each group.)
TOPIC: Students should all wear school uniforms
Gives students a sense of belonging/community
Saves time in the morning
Students dress the same irrespective of their economic backgrounds
No sense of individualism and limits self-expression
Can be expensive for parents
Can lead to a policing of what students wear in school
This is a really interesting topic – whether or not students should have to wear a school uniform. I feel it depends on a number of factors, so I’ll briefly outline both sides of the argument.
Firstly, wearing uniforms can make students feel as if they belong to the school and give them a collective sense of identity. This probably works well with younger children. However, with older age-groups it could be argued that having to wear a uniform stifles students’ individuality. As I see it, teenagers in particular should be free to experiment with the look they want.
Secondly, if everyone is dressed the same, their socio-economic background isn’t so obvious. I know from experience that students are sometimes ridiculed because of their clothes or trainers, especially if others from more well-off families are wearing designer labels.
Nevertheless, I’ve also seen a negative side of enforcing uniforms – some schools really police what students wear, and don’t allow for any flexibility at all. I know of one school where the length of the girls’ skirts were measured every day! Furthermore, they weren’t allowed to wear trousers.
To sum up, there are pros and cons on both sides.
How we dress nowadays is more important now than 50 years ago.
What is your response to this statement?
That’s a difficult question to answer, as I’m only 20! I know that social norms used to be much stricter, and if you dressed differently you were seen as a bit of a rebel. For example, women wearing trousers to work didn’t use to be socially acceptable.
Nowadays, we’re used to seeing both men and women dressing much more informally, even in quite formal situations. Suits have been replaced by T-shirts and jeans, especially since the pandemic. So I’d say how we dress is less important now.
After watching this Advanced Test with sample C1 answers
You can also revise and practise with the Speaking Tests for Aptis General and Aptis for Teachers. The complete list is in the Guide to the Posts, along with grammar and vocabulary exercises and mini-tests.
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