Prepare for your Aptis Test

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We can help you prepare for your Aptis test

How can we help you prepare for your Aptis Test?  We have lots of free exam-style practice tests and extra materials too, for both Aptis General and Aptis for Teachers.  And we’re just starting to work on Aptis Advanced too – there’s already one practice video, one grammar test and one vocabulary test on the website.

At the moment there are five different categories of mock-exam Practice Tests and extra materials to help you prepare. 

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

We offer you a good selection of up-to-date Aptis exams. However, we also recommend that you check the British Council website from time to time for any news about exam updates.

Table of Contents

Aptis Speaking Practice Tests

There’s a post to accompany each video, explaining and giving you tips to help you prepare for your Aptis test.  There’s more than one version of each video.  Why?  Because one is always mock-exam style, for realistic practice on your own.  The additional versions are to help you improve your language skillsFor 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, with useful vocabulary and starter phrases. 

Aptis General 

Aptis for Teachers

The tests are the same in format, but the content of the teachers’ version relates specifically to teachers.  In other words, the questions are set in an educational context. They deal with themes and scenarios that teachers come across every day; questions are familiar to them. 

However, teachers will also find the Aptis General and/or the Aptis Advanced practice useful, depending on the level you want to reach.

Aptis Advanced

Aptis Advanced, like the other tests, consists of five components: core (grammar and vocabulary), reading, listening, writing and speaking. The format is more or less the same, although the timings differ. The content and tasks are, of course, different. You’ll find more details in the posts.

Aptis  Vocabulary Practice Tests 

The Aptis Core Test consists of both Vocabulary and Grammar tests. You’ll find a compilation of all our practice tests in The Aptis Core Test, but the individual posts with more detailed explanations are listed below.

Aptis General

These practice tests are very similar in format to the Aptis Core Test. They have the same time limits; a maximum of 30 seconds per question. In the official exam you have to do 25 questions in one section, and there are four different question-types. For each type of question you have to choose the correct option from a list.

To help you focus on these four aspects of vocabulary, our practice tests consist of four different parts. You’ll find more information about this in the following posts.

 

Aptis for Teachers

The only difference between this and the Aptis General is that the Aptis for Teachers exam is set in an educational context.  Teachers will also find the Aptis General vocabulary tests useful.

 

Aptis Advanced

The Advanced tests are at a high B2/C1 level. The format is the same as in the other Core Tests.

Aptis Grammar Practice Tests

Aptis General 

The format is the same as in the Aptis Core Test. They’re multiple-choice questions with three options to choose from, with a maximum of 30 seconds per question. The questions test both written and spoken grammar. You’ll find more information about this in the following posts.

The first test has been divided into two sections to help you practise. The subsequent tests will be of 25 questions, as in the official exam.

 

Aptis for Teachers

Again, the only difference between the two tests is that the Aptis for Teachers exam is set in an educational context.  Teachers will also find the Aptis General grammar tests useful.

 

Aptis Advanced

The Advanced tests are at a high B2/C1 level. The format is the same as in the other Core Tests.

Aptis Writing Practice Tests

The format of Aptis General and Aptis for Teachers is the same, but the content is different.   

Aptis General

The four parts of the writing test are all based around a theme. For Aptis General, this usually relates to joining a club, doing a course or becoming part of an activity group.

Aptis for Teachers

The Aptis for Teachers Test relates to themes and scenarios that teachers come across every day. So this test could centre round a teachers’ conference, a training course, a school exchange trip, etc.

  • Aptis for Teachers: Writing Test 1 including video with sample B2 answers
  • Aptis for Teachers: Writing Test 2 including video with sample B2 answers

Aptis Advanced

The Advanced tests are at a high C1 level. There are three parts to the test, one of which is writing an article.

Aptis Reading Practice Tests

As with the Writing, the format of the Reading tests is virtually the same for Aptis General and Aptis for Teachers, but the content and the timings are different

 

Aptis General

 

Aptis for Teachers

More ways we can help you prepare for your Aptis Tests

There are lots of extra materials, exercises, exam tips & general info too.  These are useful for all students.

SPEAKING SKILLS

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

VOCABULARY SKILLS

There’s advice on learning vocabulary:

 

And there are exercises to help you prepare and practise:

GRAMMAR SKILLS

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. 

There are lots of interactive grammar exercises to do too.

 

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

GET READY FOR B1

In this new section we’re going to 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.

Introduction

 

Grammar

 

Vocabulary

MISCELLANEOUS POSTS

Miscellaneous posts and those containing more information are white.

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

Here are some FAQ about Aptis and other English exams.

There’s also extra information about the Aptis General Test & the CEFR, including an explanation of the language levels from A2 to C1. 

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