Aptis Vocabulary Practice: Clothes and Fashion
Something that we all need and use every day are clothes! So these themed vocabulary tests are based on clothes and fashion. These are areas that often come up in language exams. This vocabulary will be especially useful for the picture description part of the Aptis Speaking Test (and also for Trinity College London GESE Grade 6 and ISE II, among others).
As before, we’ve designed these tests in the same format as the vocabulary component of the Aptis Core Test in order to give you exam practice too.
Before you get started on the tests, let’s look the following explanations and examples of some typical verbs associated with clothes and fashion. Many of these re often confused, so we hope this will help you.
- To fit: to be the right size or shape for one’s body.
These jeans fit me perfectly.
- To suit: to be appropriate or well-matched, in terms of style or appearance.
“Wow, that hat really suits you!”
- To match OR to go with: to pair or combine items that complement each other in terms of colour, style, or pattern.
She bought the jacket to match her shoes. That hat really goes with your eyes.
- To get dressed: to put clothes on.
I got dressed quickly because I was late for school.
- To dress: to put clothes on. This verb is mostly used when we put clothes on someone else, rather than on ourselves.
He dressed the baby in warm clothes, as it was cold.
- To wear (something): to have clothing or accessories on one’s body.
She doesn’t have to wear a uniform to work. He’s wearing a blue top and jeans.
Don’t forget to make notes of new vocabulary after doing each mini-test, to help you remember the words and phrases and to use as a revision guide. It’s also a really good idea to write example sentences that are true for you, as they’ll be more memorable. And if you’d like to make a mind map later as a visual aid, check out this video.
Aptis Vocabulary Test: Clothes and Fashion
Part 1: Word Pairs
In this part, we’re looking at adjectives related to clothes and fashion. We give you a target word in the following format: ‘trendy =’. Then you have to select (from a drop-down list) the option that has the most similar meaning to that word in this context; in this case, ‘fashionable’.
Part 2: Word Definitions
Here we’re looking at verbs to do with clothes and fashion. We give you a definition and you have to select a word (from the drop-down list) to match that definition. For example, ‘to adjust something so that it fits well is to … tailor’.
Part 3: Word Usage
In part three you have to select a word (again from a drop-down list) to complete each sentence correctly. For example, ‘The big thick [shoes / jumper / bikini] kept her warm during the cool evenings’. The correct answer here is ‘jumper’.
Part 4: Word Combinations
In this part you have to combine words that are often used together; this is called collocation. For example, we say ‘high heels’, not ‘tall heels’.
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