Aptis for Teachers: Speaking Practice Test 2
Here is the second Aptis for teachers mock-exam video. As a teacher, you know that lots of timed practice is necessary if you want to do well on exam day. Watching this series of videos with clear pictures and exam timings will definitely help you to improve your answers. Each video covers different themes and scenarios that teachers come across every day. So the context should be very familiar to you.
You can also practise with the Aptis General videos but, as the name suggests, they’ll only give you general practice. The Aptis for Teachers mock-exam videos will be more useful, as the vocabulary is education-based. But all practice is good practice, especially to help you get used to the timing!
We recommend that you always try first with the mock-exam video versions. This is so that you can think about what you want to say and practise how long you have to speak for in each part. After that, you can go on to the alternate versions of each video, which give you more guidance and ideas. You’ll find different suggestions and advice in all the videos.
At first it can feel really strange speaking to a computer screen. But the more you practise, the more ‘normal’ it will feel! The first time you do it, pause the video whenever you like, to give you time to think. Then try again without pausing. This will help you to get a good feel of how long the different parts of the test are (30 seconds, 45 seconds, I minute, 2 minutes).
We also recommend you dedicate some time to listening to and copying the native speaker in the video. Pause and repeat as often as you like – this will really help improve your pronunciation and intonation.
And if you want to improve your individual sounds (phonemes), we really recommend using the excellent OUP pronunciation chart.
Here are the questions that appear in this Aptis for Teachers mock-exam video.
Speaking Part One
30 seconds per answer.
- Please tell me about your typical working day.
- What do you usually do in your free time?
- Please tell me about the last course you took.
Speaking Part Two
45 seconds per answer.
- Describe this picture. (It shows three girls dressed as chefs, standing behind a table covered with cakes.)
- What practical or real-world skills such as cookery are taught in your country?
- Do you think schools should each these skills, or should parents teach them?
Speaking Part Three
45 seconds per answer.
- Tell me what you see in these two pictures. (They show schoolchildren about to board a bus to go on an excursion, and a group of students on a school trip in an art gallery.)
- How do trips help with a child’s development?
- What other extra-curricular activities are important, and why?
Speaking Part Four
One minute to think & take notes,two minutes to answer all three questions.
Do not describe the picture in this part; it’s only there to set the scene.
- Tell me what you can remember about starting school.
- How did you feel about it?
- Do you think children have to start school at too young an age?
The next step
You can practise your grammar with Aptis for Teachers: Grammar Practice Test 1.
And to practise your vocabulary, try Aptis for Teachers: Vocabulary Practice Test 1.