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Prepare for your Aptis ESOL Test

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Guide to the Posts: Prepare for your Aptis ESOL test

How can we help you prepare for your Aptis ESOL Test? We have lots of free exam-style practice tests for Aptis ESOL General, Aptis ESOL for Teachers and Aptis ESOL Advanced.

In fact, we have so many posts now that we’ve changed our index system to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

So if you want specific exam practice tests, the links are now organised by test. Click on the buttons below.

We keep all our Aptis ESOL materials as up-to-date as possible. However, we also recommend that you check the British Council website from time to time for any news about exam updates.

More ways we can help you prepare for your Aptis ESOL Tests

There are lots of extra materials, exercises, exam tips, and general information too.  These are useful for students doing any English exam.

Our Speaking materials are pink, Vocabulary green, Grammar blue, Reading, Writing & Listening yellow, and the others are white. We hope the use of colour on the posts will help you navigate the website.


We help you to improve your answers and your pronunciation in the Speaking Test:


For advice on learning vocabulary:

What you need to know: Vocabulary and Topics

Study techniques: How to Learn New Vocabulary

A great technique: Using Mind Maps

For themed vocabulary exercise in exam format:

Aptis Vocabulary Practice: Money

Aptis Vocabulary Practice: Food

Aptis Vocabulary Practice: Work

Aptis Vocabulary Practice: Sport

Aptis Vocabulary: Clothes and Fashion

Aptis Vocabulary: The Environment

For other exercises to help you prepare and practise:

Typical problems: False Friends & Confusing Words

A little verb with lots of meanings: The Typical Uses of ‘Get’

Two confusing verbs: Make or Do?

Practise adjectives: Adjective Endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’

Adjectives & prepositions: Adjectives plus Prepositions

Practise for the test: Memory Games: Synonyms & Collocations

Useful vocab & expressions: Travel and Holidays


In the Grammar Reference section you’ll find a brief review of the main structures you’ll need at levels B1, B2 and C1. We’ll be adding more content all the time. 

The Use of Language post gives you examples of functions & grammar at levels B1, B2 and C1. 

And check out our interactive grammar exercises too:



Here are the overviews of the Aptis General and for Teachers Reading Test and the Advanced Reading Test, plus our Top Tips for passing the Test.


Here’s the overview of the Aptis Writing Test, plus our Top Tips for passing the test.

These posts will help you to prepare for some of the writing tasks:

Aptis General & Aptis for Teachers: Informal & Formal Emails

Aptis Advanced: How to Write an Article



Aptis General & for Teachers Overview & Tips
Aptis ESOL Advanced Overview & Tips


In this section we deal with lower-level language points that aren’t in the Grammar Reference section. This is because they’re A1/A2 language that you should already know by B1 level. But remember that as all the Aptis tests are progressive in level (from A1 onwards), this section will also be useful for higher-level students to revise the basics.


Grammar & Vocab Revision


Adverbs of Frequency

Comparatives & Superlatives


How to use ‘Like’

Talking about Family


Miscellaneous posts and those containing more information are white.

Not sure which test is right for you? Click on Overview of the Aptis ESOL Tests.

We’ve compiled all our mini-tests and memory games in 5-Minute Aptis.

For answers to common questions about Aptis and other English exams, click on FAQ.

For extra information and an explanation of the language levels from A2 to C1, click on Aptis Tests & the CEFR.

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