The City School is an English speaking school system and all instruction is in English in every school.
To hire the highest quality teachers our teacher recruitment process requires an English Language Proficiency Test. For that purpose we require all of our teachers to take the British Council’s APTIS teacher or APTIS advanced. These on-line tests examine English speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency. You can prepare for these tests using the links below, which we highly recommend.
How to prepare for APTIS
APTIS Teachers’ Guide:
|Part 1 Grammar||Sentence completion||3-option multiple choice.||Link|
|Part 2 Vocabulary||Word Matching (similar meaning)|
Match words to definitions.
Word pairs or word combinations (words commonly used together).
|Sets of 5 target words with 10 options.|
|Part 1 Sentence comprehension||Choose words to complete sentences||3-option multiple choice.||Link|
|Part 2 Text cohesion||Put sentences into correct order to make a story||7 sentences jumbled up.||Link|
|Part 3 Short test comprehension||Choose the best word from a list to make a sentence||10 options and 7 empty spaces.||Link|
|Part 4 long text comprehension||Match headings to paragraphs||7 paragraphs and 8 headings.||Link 1|
|Part 1 word and number recognition||Listen to a phone message to identify specific information||4-option multiple choice||Link 1|
|Part 2 identifying specific information||Listen to monologues or conversation and identify specific information.||Link|
|Part 3 inference||Listen monologues or conversations and identify the attitude, opinion or intention.||Link|
|Part 1 Word-level writing||Write basic personal information on a form||Complete a form||Link|
|Part 2 Short text writing||Write personal information||20-30 words||Link|
|Part 3 Three written responses to questions||Respond to written questions on social network –type website||30-40 words||Link|
|Part 4 Formal and informal writing||Write an informal email to a friend and a formal email to an unknown person||40-50 words for the informal email.|
120-150 words for the formal email.
|Part 1 Personal information||Respond to three personal informational questions||30 seconds for each response||Link|
|Part 2 Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanations||Describe a picture and answer two additional questions of increasing difficulty||45 seconds for each response||Link|
|Part 3 Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations||Describe two contrasting pictures and answer two additional questions of increasing difficulty||45 seconds for each response||Link|
|Part 4 Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic||Answer three questions on an abstract||1 minute preparation time|
2 minutes response time
|Test||Test Design||Activity- Description||Format||Preparation|
|Core 25 minutes||Part 1 Grammar||In this part of the test, you will answer 25 questions||3-option multiple choice||Link|
|Part 2- Vocabulary||In this part of the test, you have 25 questions. These are presented in sets of ﬁve words (the words we are testing) with ten options from which to choose.|
There are a number of question types:
Word matching: ﬁnd a word with a meaning similar to the target word.
Word deﬁnition: match a deﬁnition to the correct word.
Word usage: complete a sentence by choosing the correct word.
Word pairs or word combinations: these are usually the most difﬁcult questions, as you need to know what word (from a list) is most commonly found with the target word (e.g. birthday card is common but blue card is not).
|Sets of 5 target words with 10 options.||Link|
12 minutes total
Describe, compare and provide reason and explanations
|In this part you are asked to compare two pictures and then answer three questions related to the topic.|
The three questions increase in complexity (from description to speculation).
You are expected to talk for 45 seconds for each question.
|3 questions- 45 seconds each||Link|
Hints: To prepare for this part, it is a good idea to practise comparing two different things. Focus on describing their advantages or disadvantages.
With speculation, it is most important to make sure you are using the correct grammatical structures.
Discuss personal experience and opinions in relation to an abstract topic
|In the part, you will be asked three questions about an abstract topic. You are given one minute to prepare an answer and can take notes.|
You are expected to talk for 2 minutes
|1 question- 2 minutes||Link|
|In this part you need to speak on a topic for 1.5 minutes. You will have one minute to prepare.|
After you presentation to speak for 45 seconds. There is no preparation time for this additional question.
Hint: Structure your presentation and make sure you provide both sides of the argument. Try and speak like you are speaking to an audience or a group so make it interesting.
Don’t forget to use keywords for sharing opinions
|Part 1||You will listen to five short recordings of monologues or dialogues and answer a question for each recording||5 questions – multiple choice||Link (RECOMMENDED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL)|
Link 2 (RECOMMENDED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL)
|Part 2||In this part, you will listen to three recordings of monologues or dialogues and you will have to|
answer two questions for each recording.
|Here there are some useful links:|
Hint: You can listen to recording twice for Part 1 & 2. Read the questions before you listen and predict what someone might say about these things. Then play your sound file and listen for keywords. Answer the question and re-play to double check your answer.
|Part 3||In this part, you will hear a discussion between a man and woman. On the screens you will see a number of opinions. You will need to identify who expresses which opinion: the man, the woman or both.|
Note: You can only hear this once and have 20 seconds to read the questions.
|Multiple choice between 3 options||Link|
Hint: use your time wisely. Read the options and make notes on what you think you should listen for (e.g. numbers, synonyms)
|Part 4||In this part, you will hear two separate monologues. You will only hear each monologue once. You have 20 seconds to read the options in the table.||Multiple choice||Hint: Make sure to use the time to read through all the options. Use this time to predict what kind of words you expect them to mention around these opinions so you can listen for hints|
|Part 1||In this part, you have four people’s opinions on one topic. You need to read all their opinions and then choose who said what for 7 questions. You must answer each question||7 questions|| Link|
|Part 2||Matching headings|
|7 paragraphs and 8 headings.||Link|
|Part 3||This is a short text of around 300 words with missing gaps. You must choose the right word or phrase from the drop down menu||Link|
|Part 4||Here you have two short texts on the same topic you will need to fill in the blanks with appropriate phrases||2 short texts||Link|
|Part 1||In this part, you will have a social network type interaction. You will receive 3 questions which require your response.||3 Questions||Link|
Hint: Make sure you correctly answer all three questions and don’t go off-topic.
Focus on accurate spelling and punctuation and write cohesively and coherent.
Keep to the word count to 30-40 words per answer. Don’t go over the word limit.
|Part 2||Email response|
In this part you will read an email from an authority. You need to respond to the email in 120-150 words and use the note provided to express how you feel about the situation
|1 email|| |
Hint: Stay on topic and use the appropriate register for the situation.
|Part 3||Article for website publication|
In this part you will write an article for a website that is both informative and interesting. Notes about the topic are provided and you need to use the information to help write the article.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbMMZ4rPrfI – Video on Youtube for tips to writing articles
Hint try to make your article informative and interesting using the originals text. Do not just copy the notes.