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 Test Design Activity  Format Preparation
Core

25 Minutes

 

Part 1   Grammar Sentence completion 3-option multiple choice. Link

 

Part 2 Vocabulary 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.
Reading

30 minutes

Part 1 Sentence comprehension Choose words to complete sentences 3-option multiple choice. Link

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Part 2 Text cohesion Put sentences into correct order to make a story 7 sentences jumbled up. Link

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Part 3 Short test comprehension Choose the best word from a list to make a sentence 10 options and 7 empty spaces. Link

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Part 4 long text comprehension Match headings to paragraphs 7 paragraphs and 8 headings. Link 1

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Listening

30 minutes

Part 1 word and number recognition Listen to a phone message to identify specific information 4-option multiple choice Link 1

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Part 2 identifying specific information Listen to monologues or conversation and identify specific information. Link

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Part 3 inference Listen monologues or conversations and identify the attitude, opinion or intention. Link

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Writing

50 minutes

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

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Part 3 Three written responses to questions Respond to written questions on social network –type website 30-40 words Link

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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.

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Speaking

12 minutes

Part 1 Personal information Respond to three personal informational questions 30 seconds for each response Link

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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

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APTIS Advanced

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

 

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Speaking

12 minutes total

Part 1

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.

 

 

Part 2

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

 

Part 3

Presentation

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

Listening

55 minutes

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)

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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.
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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

 

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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
Reading

60 minutes

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

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Part 2 Matching headings

 

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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

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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

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Writing

50 minutes

 

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

 

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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

 

 

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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.

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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.