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

How to prepare for Aptis?

APTIS Teachers’ Guide

Test: Core 25 Minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Grammar
Activity: Sentence completion
Format: 3-option multiple choice.
Preparation: Link

Test Design: Part 2 Vocabulary
Activity: Word Matching (similar meaning), Match words to definitions. Sentence completion. Word pairs or word combinations (words commonly used together). Sets of 5 target words with 10 options.
Format: Sets of 5 target words with 10 options.

Test: Speaking 12 minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Personal information
Activity: Respond to three personal informational questions
Format: 30 seconds for each response
Preparation: Link Link 2

Test Design: Part 2 Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanations
Activity: Describe a picture and answer two additional questions of increasing difficulty
Format: 45 seconds for each response
Preparation:Link

Test Design: Part 3 Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations
Activity: Describe two contrasting pictures and answer two additional questions of increasing difficulty
Format: 45 seconds for each response
Preparation:Link

Test Design: Part 4 Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic
Activity: Answer three questions on an abstract
Format: 1 minute preparation time 2 minutes response time
Preparation: Link

Test: Listening 30 minutes

Test Design: Part 1 word and number recognition
Activity: Listen to a phone message to identify specific information
Format: 4-option multiple choice
Preparation: LinkLink 2

Two good link to understand numbers: Link 1Link 2

Test Design: Part 2 identifying specific information
Activity: Listen to monologues or conversation and identify specific information.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link 4

Test Design: Part 3 inference
Activity: Listen monologues or conversations and identify the attitude, opinion or intention.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2

Test: Reading 30 minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Sentence comprehension
Activity: Choose words to complete sentences
Format: 3-option multiple choice.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Test Design: Part 2 Text cohesion
Activity: Put sentences into correct order to make a story
Format: 7 sentences jumbled up.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Test Design: Part 3 Short test comprehension
Activity: Choose the best word from a list to make a sentence
Format: 10 options and 7 empty spaces.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Test Design: Part 4 long text comprehension
Activity: Match headings to paragraphs
Format: 7 paragraphs and 8 headings.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link 4

Test: Writing 50 minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Word-level writing
Activity: Write basic personal information on a form
Format: Complete a form Link
Preparation: Link

Test Design: Part 2 Short text writing
Activity: Write personal information
Format: 20-30 words
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3

Test Design: Part 3 Three written responses to questions
Activity: Respond to written questions on social network –type website
Format: 30-40 words
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Test Design: Part 4 Formal and informal writing
Activity: Write an informal email to a friend and a formal email to an unknown person
Format: 40-50 words for the informal email. 120-150 words for the formal email.
Preparation: Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

APTIS Advanced

 

Test: Core 25 Minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Grammar
Activity: In this part of the test, you will answer 25 questions
Format: 3-option multiple choice
Preparation: Link

Test Design: Part 2- Vocabulary
Activity: 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).

Format: Sets of 5 target words with 10 options.
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5 Link 6

Test: Speaking 12 minutes

Test Design: Part 1 Describe, compare and provide reason and explanations
Activity: 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.

Format: 3 questions- 45 seconds each
Preparation: 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.

Test Design: Part 2 Discuss personal experience and opinions in relation to an abstract topic
Activity: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
Format: 1 question- 2 minutes
Preparation: Link

Test Design: Part 3 Presentation
Activity: 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.
Format: 1 question- 2 minutes
Preparation: 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

Test: Listening 55 minutes

Test Design: Part 1
Activity: You will listen to five short recordings of monologues or dialogues and answer a question for each recording
Format: 5 questions – multiple choice
Preparation: Link Link 2  (RECOMMENDED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL) Link 3 Link 4

Test Design: Part 2
Activity:In this part, you will listen to three recordings of monologues or dialogues and you will have to answer two questions for each recording.
Preparation:Link Link 2 Link 3

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.

Test Design: Part 3 Listening
Activity: 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.
Format: Multiple choice between 3 options
Preparation: Link Link 2

Hint: use your time wisely. Read the options and make notes on what you think you should listen for (e.g. numbers, synonyms)

Test Design: Part 4
Activity: 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.
Format: Multiple choice
Preparation: 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

Test: Reading 60 minutes

Test Design: Part 1
Activity: 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
Format: 7 questions
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5 Link 6 Link 7

Test Design: Part 2
Activity: Matching headings
Format: 7 paragraphs and 8 headings.
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5 Link 6 Link 7 Link 8 Link 9 Link 10

Test Design: Part 3
Activity: 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
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5

Test Design: Part 4
Activity: Here you have two short texts on the same topic you will need to fill in the blanks with appropriate phrases 2 short texts
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3

Test: Writing 50 minutes

Test Design: Part 1
Activity:In this part, you will have a social network type interaction. You will receive 3 questions which require your response.
Format: 3 Questions
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3

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.

Test Design: Part 2
Activity: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
Format: 1 Email
Preparation: Link Link 2 Link 3

Hint: Stay on topic and use the appropriate register for the situation.

Test Design: Part 3
Activity: 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.
Preparation: Link

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.