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Aptis Writing: Practice Test 3

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Aptis Writing: Practice Test 3

Here’s another Aptis writing practice test with examples of good answers. 

By now you know that there are four parts to the Aptis writing test, always based around the same theme.  For more detailed information on what you have to do in each part, go to the Writing Test Overview and Tips or look at one of the previous tests.

We used the theme of joining a film club in Aptis Writing Practice Test 1 and a food club in Practice Test 2.  This time the theme is joining a gym.

As always we recommend you to do the test yourself before looking at the writing test with model answers. This is so that you can compare your answers with the model answers and see which areas you need to improve on.  And the more you practise, the better you’ll get! So we’re going to give you the blank exam paper first. 

Try to do the test within the exam timing of 50 minutes.  You can take the time you need for each part, but we’ve made suggestions to help you keep an eye on the clock. Remember to try to leave a few minutes free at the end of the test so that you can check through your work.

Practice Test 3

 

Part One

(Suggested time 3 minutes.)

You are joining a gym. You have 5 messages from another member. Write short replies (1-5 words) to each message.

  1. Where are you from?
  2. Who is your best friend?
  3. Do you have any hobbies?
  4. What’s your favourite food?
  5. Do you watch much television?

 

Part Two

(Suggested time 7 minutes.)

Before you start at the gym, you have a form to complete. Please tell us the days and times that you want to come, and what type of sporting activities you enjoy. Use 20–30 words.

 

Part Three

(Suggested time 10 minutes.)

Before you start at the gym, you have to opportunity to chat online to some of the other members. Talk to them using sentences. Use 30-40 words for each answer.

Ana: Is this the first time you’ve been to a gym?

Belen: Why did you join?

Carlos: I love tennis – what’s your number one sport, and why?

 

Part Four

After being a member of the gym for a few weeks, you receive this email from the gym management.

Dear Members

We are writing to inform you that from next week the gym will be closed at weekends for two months. This is due to that fact that we need to renovate the changing rooms and showers. We have decided that Saturdays and Sundays will be the best days to carry out this work, as attendance is much lower then. We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope you will understand that it is for the benefit of everyone.

The Management

 

Task 1

(Suggested time 10 minutes.)

Write an email to your friend who is also a member of the gym. Write about your feelings and what you think about the situation. Write 40–50 words.

Task 2

(Suggested time 20 minutes.)

Write an email to the management. Write about your feelings and what you think about the situation. Write 120-150 words.

 

As always, when you’ve finished writing, check through your work. Look for:

  • spelling and punctuation mistakes
  • grammar mistakes (for example tenses, 3rd person ‘s’ endings, wrong preposition)
  • correct use of paragraphs
  • correct word counts

Now you can watch the video, where John will give you useful tips on improving your answers. Remember that you can turn the subtitles on if you want – we’ve done them ourselves, so they’re correct!

You’ll find the script below the video.

Practice Test 3 with Example Answers: Script

Part One

You are joining a gym. You have 5 messages from another member. Write short replies (1-5 words) to each message. (Suggested time 3 minutes.)

  1. Where are you from? I’m from Northern England.
  2. Who is your best friend? It’s impossible to choose!
  3. Do you have any hobbies? Playing the ukulele.
  4. What is your favourite food? I adore Indian curries.
  5. Do you watch much television? No, I prefer reading books.

 

Part Two

Before you start at the gym, you have a form to complete. Use 20–30 words. (Suggested time 7 minutes.) Please tell us the days(s) and time(s) of day that you want to come, and what type of activities of sporting activities you enjoy.

I’m only free at weekends, preferably mornings. I’m interested in losing weight, as I’ve put on 5kg during lockdown! So High-Intensity Interval Training would be ideal.

 

Part Three

Before you start at the gym, you have to opportunity to chat online to the other members. Talk to them using sentences. Use 30-40 words for each answer. (Suggested time 10 minutes.)

Ana: Is this the first time you’ve been to a gym?

Not really – I used to be a member of ‘Train that Body’, but that was when I was a student. I haven’t been to the gym since then, so I’m feeling a bit nervous, but excited too.

Belen: Why did you join?

I’ve recently moved to the area, and I don’t know many people yet. So I thought it could be a good way to make new friends while keeping fit and in shape at the same time.

Carlos: I love tennis – what’s your number one sport, and why?

I’m not sure whether you’d call it a sport, but I’ve been doing yoga for many years now, and I’m really into it. I find it good for mental as well as physical health.

 

Part Four

After being a member of the gym for a few weeks, you receive this email from the gym management.

Dear Members

We are writing to inform you that from next week the gym will be closed at weekends for two months. This is due to that fact that we need to renovate the changing rooms and showers. We have decided that Saturdays and Sundays will be the best days to carry out this work, as attendance is much lower then. We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope you will understand that it is for the benefit of everyone.

The Management

Task 1

Write an email to your friend who is also a member of the gym. Write about your feelings and what you think about the situation. Write 40–50 words. (Suggested time 10 minutes.)

Hi Lola,

Have you seen that they want to close the gym at weekends? I’m really angry, as that’s the only time I can make it. I’d even told them I could only do weekend sessions! It’s out of order, don’t you think?

Cheers,

Chris

Task 2

Write an email to the management. Write about your feelings and what you think about the situation. Write 120-150 words. (Suggested time 20 minutes.)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in response to your email about the weekend closure of the gym. While I appreciate that this work needs to be done, I know I am not the only member who will find this arrangement unacceptable.

I feel you could have informed me of these renovation plans before you accepted my application. I made it very clear when I joined the gym that I could only attend at weekends. Therefore I was surprised and also rather annoyed to receive your email.

I understand that it is never possible to please all the people all the time. However, I have a suggestion to make. Would it be possible to alternate the days you close? That way nobody would feel unjustly penalised, it would be fairer all round and the work could still be completed in the same time.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Guest

After watching this writing test with model answers

Make sure you’ve also done Aptis Writing Practice Test 1 and Practice Test 2

Don’t miss our Top Tips for passing the Writing Test!

And you’ll find links to all the free exam materials in our Guide to the Posts.

10 thoughts on “Aptis Writing: Practice Test 3”

  1. Our school doesn’t do Aptis, but this has been really useful for my students doing Cambridge FCE and Trinity ISE II, as they also need to write formal and informal emails.

      1. Hi,
        I’m really disappointed to see their mail that you informed me . I haven’t any time without weekend to practice in gym. So ,I’m angry on them and I also suggest them not to close the gym. please write to them about your feelings.
        your ever
        Sonjoy Kor

        1. Hi Sanjay, We’re glad to see you’re so enthusiastic, but we can’t start marking students’ work here, I’m afraid. We’ll soon be offering a premium service for that. Meanwhile, here are a couple of things: ‘… the mail that you told me about …. apart from the weekend … I’m angry with them’
          Keep practising! 👍🏻😘

      2. Great to have another teacher explaining what students need to do in this part of the test – I’m always saying the same!

      3. It is incredible opportunity to exploit this writing. It is the first time I have ever participated in Aptis exam. I also think that it would be a good idea to prepare for the exam

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