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Aptis Reading Test Part 2: Text Cohesion

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Aptis Reading Test Part 2: Text Cohesion

In Part Two of the Aptis Reading Test you have to do two tasks of the same type: text cohesion.  We’ve got four exam-style practice tests for you to do.  But first, let’s take a closer look at cohesion in both reading and writing.

So what does that mean? Well, cohesion means ‘sticking together’, so a cohesive text is basically one that makes sense. It follows a logical sequence.

What do you have to do? You have to put six sentences in the correct order to form a very short text, and there’s only one correct way. 

And how do you do that? Firstly, the texts are often about everyday activities.  So using your common sense can help – you need to look for a logical structure. For example, you go to bed, then you go to sleep, later you wake up, etc. Secondly, by looking for clues in the text that will help you re-order the sentences.


Words that can act as clues

These could be:

Sequencing words: firstly, then, when, while, afterwards, finally, etc.

Words that introduce reasons: because, since, so, as, etc.

Numerical information: times, dates, the first, the second, etc.

Pronouns: When we first talk about a person, we usually use their name – for example, John. Then later we can use the pronouns he or him to refer to John again. The same is true with things; we use the pronouns it or them.

Articles:  Similarly, the first time we mention something, we usually use the indefinite article – for example, a TV. Then later we use the definite article.

Look at these sentences:

John went shopping.

He bought a TV in the sales. (He refers to John, and this is the first time we hear about a TV.)

The TV was half-price. (Now we know about the TV.)

Later he put it in the boot of his car. (It refers to the TV.)


Some advice on how to approach the text cohesion tasks

First, quickly read the all the sentences to try to get the general meaning.

Think about what makes a logical sequence of events.

Look for sequencing words – these will help you a lot.

Then look for other clues (see above list).

Put the sentences into order.

Finally, re-read them to check that the text makes sense.

NOTE: If you’re not sure, then guess. Never leave this task unfinished.


Reading Test Part Two:  Instructions

In the Aptis Text Cohesion tasks, the first sentence is always done for you as an example. Then you have to click and drag the other five into the correct order. 

Here are four exam-style practice tests for you to try.  If you’re working on a desktop computer, our practice tests work exactly like in the official exam – you click and drag the sentences.  If you’re doing it on a mobile, you’ll have to use the up/down arrows

In both cases press ‘Check’ when you’ve finished.  You’ll also find the solutions at the bottom of the page.


Text Cohesion Test 1

Text Cohesion Test 2

Text Cohesion Test 3

Text Cohesion Test 4

Next steps

The best way to improve your skills in this area is to read as much as you can. Look at our Top Tips to help you pass the Reading Test, where we talk about Graded Readers and other materials.

Make sure you read the Overview of the Reading Test to familiarise yourself with all four parts.

Practise the rest of the test here:

Reading General Part 1: Sentence Comprehension

Reading General Part 3: Opinion Matching

Reading General Part 4: Long text Comprehension

Y todos nuestros tests de práctica y otros materiales de examen gratuitos están en la Guía.


Test 1

  1. If you are visiting our school for the first time, please follow these instructions.
  1. When you arrive, follow the signs to reception.
  1. Then give your name and show your ID to the receptionist.
  1. Then he or she will give you a visitor identity card.
  1. You must wear it somewhere visible at all times.
  1. Before you leave, please return the card to reception.


Test 2

  1. My first day at work didn’t go as planned.
  2. My alarm clock didn’t ring, so I didn’t even have time for a shower.
  3. When I got to the office building, the lift was out of order.
  4. So I decided to take the stairs.
  5. While I was walking up them, I fell and twisted my ankle.
  6. I finally arrived at the office red-faced, sweating and limping.  Not a great first day


Test 3

  1. The English trifle is a typical dessert that’s been popular for more than 400 years.

  2. You’ll need some sponge fingers, strawberries, jelly, cream and custard.

  3. First place an even layer of sponge fingers on the bottom of the bowl.

  4. Then cover this with a layer of strawberries and pour the liquid jelly on top. Put it in the fridge so that it sets and solidifies.

  5. Once it’s solid, add the custard and pour the cream on top.

  6. The only thing left to do is to decorate it however you wish. Maybe with more fresh fruit or toasted almonds?


Test 4

  1. So you want to get fit? We can help you! Follow these easy steps.
  2. Begin by following the link below this advertisement.
  3. It will take you to the home page of our website.
  4. Once there, you’ll see a big blue button saying ‘Sign up’.
  5. Click on the button and the registration form will open.
  6. Fill it in with all your personal details and then click ‘Send’.

30 thoughts on “Aptis Reading Test Part 2: Text Cohesion”

    1. Thanks so much Jessica – we really appreciate it when someone takes the time to leave a comment. Especially when it’s really positive and from a teacher too! Take care John and Chris.

      1. Hi! There are diferences between tasks and it’s answers, given tasks have 7 paragraph but after checking .
        I realised that there are 6 pharagraph

  1. Hi! There are diferences between tasks and it’s answers, given tasks have 7 paragraph but after checking .
    I realised that there are 6 pharagraph

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