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Overview of the Aptis ESOL Tests

Overview of Aptis ESOL Tests

Overview of the Aptis ESOL Tests

This post will give you an overview of the most popular Aptis ESOL tests, and help you decide which one’s right for you. There are four variations, and we cover the following three on this site:

Aptis ESOL General, which tests from A1 to C on the CEFR and is suitable for most test-takers.

Aptis ESOL for Teachers, which tests from A1 to C on the CEFR and is designed for teachers.

Aptis ESOL Advanced, which tests English language ability from B1 to C2 on the CEFR and is aimed at higher-level test-takers.

You can find out more details about the CEFR here.

(The fourth variation is Aptis for Teens, which tests from A1 to C on the CEFR and is for candidates between the ages of 13 and 17. We don’t cover that here.)

All the Aptis ESOL tests are taken on a computer, follow a similar format and take a little over 2 hours to complete. Here’s a brief summary of the structure and timings of each test. You’ll find links to more detailed explanations after each segment.

Aptis ESOL General Test (162 minutes)

Core test: grammar and vocabulary (25 mins)

25 grammar questions

25 vocabulary questions

Click here for an explanation of the grammar component, and here for vocabulary.

Reading test (35 mins)

Reading part 1: Sentence comprehension

Reading part 2: Text cohesion

Reading part 3: Opinion matching

Reading part 4: Long text comprehension

Click here for an overview of the Reading Test.

Listening test (40 mins)

Listening part 1: Information recognition

Listening part 2: Information matching

Listening part 3: Opinion matching

Listening part 4: Monologue comprehension

Click here for an overview of the Listening Test.

Writing test (50 mins)

Writing part 1: Word-level writing

Writing part 2: Short text writing

Writing part 3: Three written parts of text, all of which require responses

Writing part 4: Formal and informal writing

Click here for an overview of the Writing Test.

Speaking test (12 mins)

Speaking part 1: Personal information

Speaking part 2: Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanation

Speaking part 3: Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations

Speaking part 4: Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic

Click here for tips on the Speaking Test.

Aptis ESOL for Teachers Test (172 minutes)

Core test: grammar and vocabulary (25 mins)

25 grammar questions

25 vocabulary questions

Click here for an explanation of the Teachers’ grammar component, and here for vocabulary.

Reading test (35 mins)

Reading part 1: Sentence comprehension

Reading part 2: Text cohesion

Reading part 3: Short text comprehension

Reading part 4: Long text comprehension

Click here for an overview of the Reading Test (General and for Teachers).

Listening test (55 mins)

Listening part 1: Word and number recognition

Listening part 2: Identifying specific information

Listening part 3: Inference

Overview of the Listening Test for Teachers coming soon.

Writing test (50 mins)

Writing part 1: Word-level writing

Writing part 2: Short text writing

Writing part 3: Three written parts of text, all of which require responses

Writing part 4: Formal and informal writing

Click here for an overview of the Writing Test (General and for Teachers).

Speaking test (12 mins)

Speaking part 1: Personal information

Speaking part 2: Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanation

Speaking part 3: Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations

Speaking part 4: Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic

Click here for tips on the Speaking Test.

Aptis ESOL Advanced Test (170 minutes)

Core test: grammar and vocabulary (25 mins)

25 grammar questions

25 vocabulary questions

Click here for an explanation of the Advanced grammar component, and here for vocabulary.

Reading test (60 mins)

Reading part 1: Opinion matching

Reading part 2: Long text comprehension

Reading part 3: Reading for global understanding

Reading part 4: Reading across two texts

Overview of Advanced Reading Test coming soon.

Listening test (30 mins)

Listening part 1: Identifying factual information

Listening part 2: Identifying opinion and attitude

Listening part 3: Understanding an extended spoken text

Listening part 4: Understanding an extended story

Click here for an overview of the Advanced Listening Test.

Writing test (45 mins)

Writing part 1: Three written responses to questions

Writing part 2: Formal writing

Writing part 3: Article for website publication

Click here for an overview of the Advanced Writing Test.

Speaking test (10 mins)

Speaking part 1: Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations

Speaking part 2: Discuss personal experience and opinion in relation to an abstract topic

Speaking part 3 and 4: Presentation and question on your presentation

Click here for tips on the Speaking Test.

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