Aptis ESOL General
Exam Practice Tests
Our Posts page Exam Practice & Tips contains ALL our materials. But to help you find what you need more quickly, here are the links to all our Aptis ESOL General Test practice materials. Aptis ESOL General tests students from levels A1 to C on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is suitable for most test-takers.
Aptis ESOL General consists of five components: Speaking, Core (Grammar and Vocabulary), Reading, Writing and Listening tests. You’ll find practice for each of these components below.
The Aptis ESOL General Speaking Test lasts 12 minutes, and is divided into four parts, each with different tasks. The test is graded; it gets more difficult as it progresses.
Part 1: Giving personal information
You are asked to answer three questions on personal topics. You are expected to talk for 30 seconds per question.
Part 2: Describing a photo, expressing opinion and providing reasons and explanations
You are asked to describe a photograph and then answer two questions related to the topic illustrated in the photo. The three questions increase in complexity (from description to opinion). You are expected to talk for 45 seconds per question.
Part 3: Describing and comparing two photos and providing reasons and explanations
You are asked to compare two pictures and then answer two questions related to the topic. The three questions increase in complexity (from description to speculation). You are expected to talk for 45 seconds for each question.
Part 4: Discussing personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic
You will see a picture and be asked three questions about an abstract topic. You are given one minute to prepare an answer and in this time, you can take notes. You are expected to talk for two minutes.
Here are all our Aptis General Speaking Practice Tests. There’s a post to accompany each video, giving you explanations and tips to help you prepare. You’ll see that there’s more than one version of each video. Why? Because one is always mock-exam style, for you to do realistic exam practice on your own. The additional versions are to help you improve your language skills. For example, some have B1 and B2 model answers and written scripts. Others are full of advice and ideas about how to answer the questions well, including useful vocabulary and starter phrases.
Aptis ESOL General Speaking Tests
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 1
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 1: Sample B1 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 1: Sample B2 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 2
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 2: Ideas & Vocabulary
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 3
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 3: Starter Phrases
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 4
- Aptis Speaking Practice 4: Advice & B2 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 5
- Aptis Speaking Practice 5: Sample B2 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 6
- Aptis Speaking Test 6: Improve your Answers!
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 7
- Aptis Speaking Practice 7: Sample B1 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 8
- Aptis Speaking Test 8 with B2 Answers
- Aptis Speaking Practice Test 9
- Aptis Speaking Test 9 with B2 Answers
In the Aptis Core Test you have to do 50 questions in 25 minutes. The questions are divided equally between grammar and vocabulary. The grammar component of the test contains 25 questions, which means you can take up to 30 seconds per question.
They’re always multiple-choice questions with three options to choose from. Most of them focus on formal written English. However, some focus on the appropriate use of grammar when speaking, including formal and informal language. You’ll find more information about this in the accompanying posts. Our practice tests are in the same format as the official Aptis ESOL Core Test.
Aptis ESOL General Grammar Tests
In the Aptis Core Test you have to do 50 questions in 25 minutes. The questions are divided equally between grammar and vocabulary. The vocabulary component of the test contains 25 questions, which means you can take up to 30 seconds per question.
There are four question-types: Word pairs, Word definitions, Word usage, Word combinations.You’ll find more information about this in the accompanying posts. Our exam-style Practice Tests cover all four parts in a way very similar to the official test (they use drop-down menus, but we’ve chosen a slightly different format here to make the exercises more directly accessible).
Aptis ESOL General Vocabulary Tests
There are four parts to the Aptis General Reading Test, and four question-types. These get progressively more difficult as you move through the exam. It takes 35 mins to complete this component of the test. You’ll find more details of this in Overview of the Reading Test, but here’s a summary of the four parts:
Part 1: Sentence comprehension
This takes the form of a very short informal email, note or letter. There are six gaps in the text, and the first gap is filled for you as an example. You have to fill the remaining five gaps by choosing the correct word from a selection of three.
Part 2: Text cohesion
You have to put six sentences in the correct order to form a very short text. The first sentence is done for you as an example. You have to click and drag the other five sentences into the correct order. There are two of these tasks.
Part 3: Opinion matching
You will read four short texts that give the opinions of four different people (A, B, C and D) on the same topic. Then you read seven statements and you have to match each statement to one of the four opinions.
Part 4: Long text comprehension
You read a long text of seven paragraphs. You then read eight paragraph headings and choose the best heading for each paragraph. There will be one heading that you won’t need.
We give you more help with the tasks in Top Tips for passing the Reading Test.
Aptis ESOL General Reading Tests
There are four parts to the Aptis writing test, and you have 50 minutes to do this component. All four parts of the test are based around the same theme. This usually relates to joining a club, doing a course or becoming part of an activity group. The test gets more difficult as it progresses. You’ll find more details of this in Overview of the Writing Test, but here’s a summary of the four parts:
Part 1: Writing at word-level
There are five questions. The task consists of replying to short messages from another member of the club or group you want to join. You only have to write one to five words for each response.
Part 2: Writing a short text
The task consists of writing some personal information on a form. They ask you one or two questions. You must write in complete sentences, and you have to write 20–30 words.
Part 3: Three written responses
You have to respond to three written questions from other members of the group. The style is informal; the context is writing on a social network-type website. You have to write 30-40 words per answer.
Part 4: Informal and formal emails
First you have to write a short informal email to a friend. You must write 40–50 words. Then you have to write a formal email of 120–150 words to a person in authority. Both emails are on the same theme, but you must use different levels of formality.
We give you more help with the tasks in Top Tips for passing the Writing Test.
Aptis ESOL General Writing Tests
There are four parts to the Listening, and four task-types, which get progressively more challenging. It takes approximately 40 mins to complete this component of the exam. All the tasks focus on different aspects of real-world listening. We give you more details and examples in Overview & Tips, but here’s a brief summary of each part of the test.
Part 1: Information Recognition
You have to listen for specific information and choose an answer from three options. The missing information is often a time, a phone number or a place. The recording is normally in the form of a message or a very short dialogue.
Part 2: Information Matching
You listen to four short monologues on a certain topic or theme by four different people. You need to match each speaker to a piece of information from a drop-down list.
Part 3: Opinion Matching
You hear a discussion between a man and a woman. On the screen you will see a number of opinions, and you need to identify who gives which opinion: the woman, the man, or both of them.
Part 4: Monologue Comprehension
You hear two longer monologues and answer two questions about the speaker’s opinion or point of view. You should listen carefully to the speaker’s intonation and tone.
Aptis ESOL General Listening Tests