Aptis tests English skills relevant to your requirements. It enables an organisation /  institution to assess all four English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking together with the core mandatory component (grammar and vocabulary) or test just one skill, e.g. speaking.

What is the Aptis speaking test like?

The Aptis speaking test is divided into four parts and takes about 12 minutes to complete. The following is a brief description of the test parts.

  • Personal information (In this part, you are asked to answer three questions on personal topics. You are expected to talk for 30 seconds per question.)
  • Describe, express your opinion, provide reasons and explanations (In this part you are asked to describe a photograph and then answer two questions related to the topic illustrated in the photo. The three questions increase in complexity (from description to opinion). You are expected to talk for 45 seconds per question.)
  • Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations (In this part you are asked to compare two pictures and then answer two 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.)
  • Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic (In the final part, you will see a picture and 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 two minutes.)

What does the Aptis score mean?

You will receive results based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They will indicate your CEFR (A1-C2) level for each skill tested. If you take all 4 skills you will receive an overall CEFR level and a scaled score (0-50) showing your level for each skill level tested.

If you would like to use the Aptis speaking test to evaluate candidates, teachers or students in your organisation or  institution, contact the Aptis team, who will guide you through the process.

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