The Aptis for Teens Speaking component tests your ability to communicate in English in real-life situations.
It takes about 15 minutes and it is divided into four sections. Your responses will be recorded and marked by our examiners.
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Part 1: Personal information
In this part, you are asked to answer three questions on personal topics. You hear a recording giving you instructions and asking you a question. You are expected to talk for 30 seconds per question.
Part 2: Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanations
In this task, you give one description and answer two questions. 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.
Part 3: Describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations
You will be asked to describe two photographs, then answer two questions on the topic of the photographs. The questions will ask you to compare some aspect of the topic and to express an opinion on or speculate about the topic. Again, you are expected to speak for 45 seconds for each response.
You answer two questions in this task. You will see two pictures and will be asked a question that gives you a chance to compare and contrast something about the picture. Then you will hear and read a second question. You will have 45 seconds to answer each question.
Part 4: Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic
In the final part, you will be asked to give a presentation about the poster to your class. You will be given 90 seconds to prepare and at the end of the 90 seconds you will be asked to give your presentation. You will have two minutes to talk.
Top tips for the speaking test
- Make sure you understand the questions and respond appropriately and fully. Try to explain or expand your answers.
- Use your preparation time in section four efficiently; keep your notes short and simple, and think about how to structure your ideas logically
- Practice speaking as much as you can, do not worry too much about mistakes. Instead, focus on whether your message was successfully communicated.
- Record yourself speaking and try to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation. To prepare for speaking test, record yourself speaking as fluently as possible for a minute or two.
Try the following topics:
- introducing yourself;
- talking about your personal experiences & preferences;
- comparing two different things - perhaps two cities or two houses
When you listen to your recording the key things to note are:
- grammatical accuracy
- appropriacy of vocabulary
- effective pronunciation
- well-sequenced ideas properly linked together