Aptis Speaking Practice Test 9
Here’s another Aptis Speaking exam video for you to practise with. You’ll find all the questions here, and the supplementary version with B2 answers will be coming soon. If you’re not familiar with the test format yet, we recommend you go back to Speaking Practice Test 1 and work your way through all the posts and videos. This will help you familiarise yourself with what you have to do on exam day.
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Before you watch
Read the questions carefully and make some notes on what you could include in your answers.
As always, try to use a variety of structures and vocabulary, and always try to speak for the full amount of time given. As we said before, get as much good language as you can into each response.
We’ve included some ideas and tips in each part of the test to help you get started.
Aptis Speaking Exam Video: Practice Test 9
Please tell me about your house or flat.
Think about vocabulary for different types of housing – you’ll find some examples in Vocabulary: Using Mind Maps. Try to use less common adjectives to descibe your house or flat. For example, tiny instead of very small, or enormous instead of very big.
Please tell me about your daily routine.
Use connectors such as then, after that. Use words like around or about to modify clock times. For example, ‘I go to bed at around 11′.
What are you planning to do after this test?
Try to use more than one future form to talk about what you’re planning to do. (For more ideas on this, look at Future Forms in the Grammar Reference section.)
Describe this picture. (It shows two men and two girls sitting around a table, playing Monopoly.)
Describe what the people are wearing and doing. Use language of speculation here. For example, modal verbs: it might be … they could be … it must be … or words like perhaps, maybe, probably.
What type of family activities do people generally do in your country?
Try to give lots of examples, and consider different types of families. For example, those with young children or elderly relatives.
How has family life changed in the last fifty years?
Use a variety of past forms here to talk about how things were different in the past. For example, used to + infinitive and would + infinitive as well as the past simple.
Tell me what you see in these two pictures. (One shows two students on graduation day and the other shows some young people working.)
Use language of comparison such as whereas, while, but to contrast the two photos. The expressions with look are another greatway to speculate on the photos. For example, they look happy (look + adjective), they look like students (look like + noun), it looks as if it’s their first day look as if/though + clause).
Why do some young people look for a job instead of continuing to study?
Consider some possible reasons: financial difficulties, parental pressure, desire for independence …
What would you advise a friend to do – study or work? Why?
You could mention the possible advantages and disadvantages of both options. Does having qualifications really help you find a job? Make sure you give the reasons behind your advice too.
Tell me about a time when you decided to get fit.
How did you feel about it?
Do you think people today get enough exercise?
This topic comes up quite often, so look up some good vocabulary related to exercise. Consider word families: fit, unfit, fitness / health, healthy, unhealthy. Try to use good collocations: join a gym, do some exercise, keep fit. Don’t forget to describe how you felt.
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