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Aptis Advanced Writing: Prueba 1

Advanced Writing Test 1

Aptis Advanced Writing: Prueba 1 con Respuestas Modelo C1

Aquí está nuestra primera prueba del Writing de Aptis Advanced. Hasta ahora, el British Council parece haber proporcionado sólo un ejemplo de cada tarea, así que hasta que tengamos más información sobre los tipos de preguntas, vamos a utilizar esos ejemplos aquí. (Por ejemplo, necesitamos saber si la tercera parte se basa siempre en figuras y tablas, como en el ejemplo de examen). Sin embargo, hemos preparado nosotros mismos los ejemplos de respuestas del nivel C1, como siempre.

A diferencia de los otros exámenes de escritura de Aptis, que constan de cuatro tareas, sólo hay tres partes en el Writing de Aptis Advanced. Comenzaremos con un breve resumen de lo que implica cada parte, y luego te daremos las preguntas del examen. A continuación, un vídeo explicará cada parte con más detalle y te dará ejemplos de respuestas en el C1.

Te recomendamos encarecidamente que hagas el test por ti mismo antes de ver el Writing de Aptis Advanced con ejemplos de respuestas C1. Por eso te vamos a dar primero la hoja de examen en blanco. Intenta hacer la prueba dentro del tiempo del examen. El tiempo total permitido para la prueba de escritura es de 45 minutos. Todas las tareas de escritura son calificadas por los examinadores.

Antes de empezar a escribir, aquí tienes algunos puntos importantes a tener en cuenta.

 

Consejos:

  • asegúrate de que comprendes bien las preguntas
  • planifique lo que va a escribir, y luego edite su redacción antes de pasar a la siguiente pregunta
  • responde a las preguntas sin salirte del tema
  • respetar el recuento de palabras
  • utiliza la gramática y el vocabulario adecuados para tu nivel
  • revise la ortografía y la puntuación
  • utiliza una variedad de estructuras de oraciones y párrafos cuando sea apropiado

 

Y recuerda el ABCDE de la escritura:

  • ACTIVATE YOUR IDEAS! Haz una lluvia de ideas sobre las cosas que podrías incluir.
  • BEGIN TO PLAN! Puedes usar papel y bolígrafo, así que anota un esquema básico.
  • CONSIDER THE CONTENT! ¿Qué lenguaje y vocabulario podría utilizar?
  • DO IT! Acuérdate de cronometrarte para ver cuánto tiempo te lleva cada parte.
  • ERROR-CHECK IT! Lee siempre con atención tu trabajo para comprobar si hay errores.

Aptis Advanced Writing: Prueba 1

Primera parte: Tres respuestas escritas a las preguntas

La tarea consiste en interactuar en una conversación escrita de tipo social media en una sala de chat. Has recibido tres mensajes y tienes que responder brevemente a cada uno.

You are a member of a history club. You are talking to three other members in the history club chat room. Talk to them using sentences. Use 30 to 40 words per answer. You have 10 minutes in total. Answer all three questions.

History Club Chat

Sam: Hi! Welcome to the club. I was interested in history at school and I studied it at university. What about you?

Miguel: Welcome. Can you tell me something about the history of your country?

Michelle: Who is your favourite person from history, and why are you interested in him or her?

 

Segunda parte: Respuesta por correo electrónico

Para esta tarea, leerás un correo electrónico y tendrás que responder a él utilizando las notas que se te proporcionen.

You have received this email from your local supermarket. Read the email and the notes you have made. Write a reply using all the information in your notes, and express how you feel about the situation.

You should write between 120 and 150 words.

Dear Customer

Thank you for shopping at our supermarket. We value your custom and would like to hear about your most recent shopping experience. Firstly, we want to know your opinion of our staff. Were they able to help you in any way? (1) We would also like to know what you think about the organisation of the store. Was it easy to find the products you wanted? (2). Finally, we would like to hear your suggestions for improving the customer shopping experience. (3)

Yours faithfully,

Customer Services

Your notes

  1. Staff seem very young – don’t always know about products
  2. Every month products are moved – difficult to find what you want
  3. Music plays all the time – very irritating – prefer silence!

 

Tercera parte: Artículo para publicar en la web

La tercera tarea consiste en escribir un artículo para un sitio web que sea a la vez informativo e interesante.

Things You Should Know is a website that accepts short articles from members of the public on subjects of popular interest. You have been asked to contribute an article on the subject of Public Surveillance Systems. You have already done some research on the subject in note and diagram form. Use information from your research notes to help you write an article that is both informative and interesting.

Write between 180 and 220 words.

 

Notes on Public Surveillance Systems

– CCTV cameras used in public areas (streets, shops, banks)

– Increasing number of private homes installing CCTV

– Benefits: allows monitoring of public safety / can provide evidence in criminal cases

– Drawbacks: threat to individual liberty / intrusion into individual privacy

 

Numbers of Public CCTV Cameras

CityCountryNumber of CCTV cameras per 1000 people (including private homes)Crime index (the higher the number, the greater the incidence of crime)
TokyoJapan123.12
BeijingChina5534.45
LondonUK7353.7

Fuente: Comparitech Paul Bischoff @pabischoff

(Hemos actualizado las cifras y la información de la versión del British Council para que la tarea sea más realista, ¡y más interesante!)

En este vídeo, John te explica cada parte de la prueba, destaca el lenguaje útil en las respuestas de ejemplo del C1 y te da consejos. Encontrarás el guión del Writing de Aptis Advanced debajo del vídeo.

Aptis Advanced Writing: Prueba 1 con Respuestas Modelo C1

Part One

You are a member of a history club. You are talking to three other members in the history club chat room. Talk to them using sentences. Use 30 to 40 words per answer. You have 10 minutes in total. Answer all three questions.

History Club Chat

Sam: Hi! Welcome to the club. I was interested in history at school and I studied it at university. What about you?

Hi Sam! Interestingly enough, history wasn’t something I was really into when I was really young. But after seeing the film Gladiator I became totally obsessed with Ancient Rome – I even took up Latin, and ended up studying classics.

Miguel: Welcome. Can you tell me something about the history of your country?

Well, in the first millennium BC there was a lot of immigration from continental Europe, and the Celts established themselves. Then after that there was the Roman Conquest of the British Isles, and they stuck around for about 350 years!

Michelle: Who is your favourite person from history, and why are you interested in him or her?

I’d say Leonardo Da Vinci, the Italian polymath, as he left such an amazing legacy. He was such a trailblazer – designing functioning robots, digital computers and even building the first heart valve. He was so ahead of his time!

 

Part Two

You have received this email from your local supermarket. Read the email and the notes you have made. Write a reply using all the information in your notes, and express how you feel about the situation.

You should write between 120 and 150 words.

Dear Customer

Thank you for shopping at our supermarket. We value your custom and would like to hear about your most recent shopping experience. Firstly, we want to know your opinion of our staff. Were they able to help you in any way? (1) We would also like to know what you think about the organisation of the store. Was it easy to find the products you wanted? (2). Finally, we would like to hear your suggestions for improving the customer shopping experience. (3)

Yours faithfully,

Customer Services

 
Your notes
  1. Staff seem very young – don’t always know about products
  2. Every month products are moved – difficult to find what you want
  3. Music plays all the time – very irritating – prefer silence!

 

Dear Customer Services

I am writing in response to your email requesting customer feedback.

Firstly, during my latest visit I found the staff well-disposed towards customers. However, they are not well-informed about the products, which I feel is not helpful. I understand that many are students who are only working part-time. Could they not be given more training?

Regarding store layout, I find it frustrating never being able to find the items I need. It seems to be your policy to ‘circulate’ basic necessities such as bread, probably in order to boost sales by forcing customers to walk past products they may otherwise not see. I would appreciate your moving things around less frequently.

Finally, I wish to address the irksome ‘elevator music’ constantly playing in the background! I would suggest you get rid of it altogether.

I trust you will find my feedback useful.

Yours faithfully,
John Harrop

 

Part Three

Things You Should Know is a website that accepts short articles from members of the public on subjects of popular interest. You have been asked to contribute an article on the subject of Public Surveillance Systems. You have already done some research on the subject in note and diagram form. Use information from your research notes to help you write an article that is both informative and interesting.

Write between 180 and 220 words.

 

Notes on Public Surveillance Systems

– CCTV cameras used in public areas (streets, shops, banks)

– Increasing number of private homes installing CCTV

– Benefits: allows monitoring of public safety / can provide evidence in criminal cases

– Drawbacks: threat to individual liberty / intrusion into individual privacy

 

Numbers of Public CCTV Cameras
CityCountryNumber of CCTV cameras per 1000 people (including private homes)Crime index (the higher the number, the greater the incidence of crime)
TokyoJapan123.12
BeijingChina5534.45
LondonUK7353.7

 

Say Cheese!

Would you be less likely to commit a crime if you knew you were being filmed?

These days it’s pretty safe to assume that almost everything we do is recorded. What with ever-cheaper technology and the miniaturisation of recording devices, CCTV surveillance systems have become so commonplace that we barely notice them. And it’s not just in public areas – many home-owners are having security cameras installed.

Many people feel reassured in terms of safety by the streets being constantly monitored. Videos are increasingly used as evidence in criminal cases, and can provide a reliable alternative to eye-witnesses’ possibly faulty memories. However, opinion is divided; pressure groups argue that our civil liberties are under threat, and that having no privacy is far too high a price to pay.

What’s really interesting, though, is the relationship (or lack of one) between cameras per capita and crime. Statistics show that Japan has the fewest CCTV cameras but also the lowest crime rate, while crime is highest in London, although there are many more cameras. Beijing falls between the two, both in terms of CCTV and crime.

So it’s difficult to come to any solid conclusions … though it is tempting to extrapolate the fact that the Japanese seem to be more law-abiding than the Brits!

Siguientes pasos

Trabaja tus habilidades de escritura con Aptis Advanced: Cómo Redactar un Artículo.

Consulta nuestra Consejos Principales para aprobar el examen de redacción.

Estamos trabajando en el Aptis Advanced Writing Test 2, pero mientras tanto también puedes practicar con los tests Aptis General y Aptis for Teachers, ¡toda práctica es buena!

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