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Aptis ESOL General Listening Test: Overview & Tips

Aptis Listening Test

Aptis ESOL General Listening Test

This post will give you an overview of what you can expect when you take the Aptis ESOL Listening Test. We also give you some helpful tips on how to do this part of the exam successfully.

We’re going to look at Aptis ESOL General here; we’ll look at both the Aptis ESOL Listening Test for Teachers and for Advanced in other posts.

(However, as with all the components of the Aptis for Teachers test, the format is very similar to the General test. The only noticeable difference is the content, which is designed specifically for teachers.  The questions relate to an educational context, dealing with themes and scenarios that teachers come across every day.) 

The practicalities

You do this listening test individually (unlike the Cambridge exams, where you take the test in a group). Headphones which are supplied by the exam centre. You’ll hear each recording twice. To listen to the recording, all you have to do is click on the ‘Play’ button.

What the Aptis ESOL Listening Test consists of

There are four parts to the Listening, and four task-types.  These 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. There are 17 recordings in total.

We’ve included screenshots of each part of the test so that you can see what the exam looks like.

So let’s have a look at the four task-types.

Listening Part One

In the first part of the exam you’ll be tested on listening for specific information. You have to choose an answer, as in the screenshot below. 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.

Aptis ESOL Listening Part 1

Here are some sample practice exercises for Part One.

Listening Part Two

In the next section you’ll 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.

Aptis ESOL Listening Part 2

Listening Part Three

In the third section you will hear two monologues on different topics. For each monologue you’ll need to answer questions about the speaker’s opinion of certain aspects of the topic.

Aptis ESOL Listening Part 3

Listening Part Four

In the fourth and final part of the listening, you’ll hear two people discussing a topic and expressing certain opinions about it. Your task will be to identify who expresses which opinion: the man, the woman, or both of them. To help you answer the question, you should listen carefully to the speakers’ intonation and tone. This should help you to identify their attitude and answer the question.

Aptis ESOL Listening Part 4

Our tips on how to be successful in the Aptis ESOL Listening Test

Read the questions carefully before listening; it’s vital to know what you are listening for.

Listen out for synonyms (words with the same or similar meaning).

Listen to the whole recording before choosing your answer.

Use the second listening to check your answers.

Answer every question –­ don’t leave anything blank. If you’re not sure, then guess!

Next Steps

We’ll soon be uploading General Listening Test 1, so make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know.

Meanwhile, keep practising for the other components of the Aptis ESOL tests. You’ll find the links to all our Practice Tests in the Guide.

And remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel too!

17 thoughts on “Aptis ESOL General Listening Test: Overview & Tips”

    1. Hi Nasiba – we haven’t done that yet, when we have time we’ll add some. Though the tips for the Aptis General will help, all that’s different is the content (the listenings are about things which are related to schools/education). If you join our newsletter you’ll be notified when we upload new material. All the best John and Chris.

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