Aptis Vocabulary Practice: The Environment
Here’s another set of themed vocabulary tests, this time about the environment. The environment and environmental issues are subject areas that are often tested in all the Aptis exams. However, as we’ve mentioned in other Aptis Vocabulary practice posts, many other public English exams also cover these areas. For example, Cambridge PET, FCE and CAE (increasing in order of difficulty), Language Cert, and Trinity College London (GESE Grades 7, 9 and 10; ISE II).
Various threats to the environment (pollution, deforestation, rising sea levels etc) have been in the news a lot lately, so students will probably have studied and talked about this in class. This makes it extremely relevant for teachers doing the Aptis tests too.
We’ve written this in the style of the vocabulary component of the Aptis Core Test, so that you get to learn new vocabulary and do exam practice too. How great is that?
Remember, It’s a good idea to copy the vocabulary into your notebook after you’ve done each mini-test. Why? Because the act of writing things down really aids your memory in general, and vocabulary retention in particular. What’s more, you can use your notes to make a mind map later. If you’ve forgotten how to make one, check out this video.
Aptis Vocabulary Test: The Environment
Part 1: Word Pairs
In this part, we’re looking at adjectives related to the environment. We give you a target word in the following format: ‘resilient =’. 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, ‘being able to recover quickly from environmental challenges’.
Part 2: Word Definitions
Here we’re looking at verbs to do with the environment. We give you a definition and you have to select a word (from the drop-down list) to match that definition. For example, ‘to maintain and protect the natural state of an area is to … preserve’.
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, ‘Recycling plays a crucial role in reducing the amount of electronic … [waste/wire/batteries] that ends up in landfill sites every day’. The correct answer here is ‘waste’.
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 ‘biodegradable plastic’, not ‘environmental plastic’.
You’ll find lots more vocabulary practice, exercises and tests in our Guide.
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