What is the Aptis speaking test like?
The information below and the preparation materials are relevant for Aptis and Aptis ESOL.
The Aptis Speaking component tests your ability to communicate in English in real-life situations.
It takes about 12 minutes and it is divided into four sections. Your responses will be recorded and marked by our examiners.
If you are taking Aptis Advanced, you will have 10 minutes to complete this part.
Part 1: Sentence comprehension
You will be asked three questions about yourself and your interests. You are expected to speak for 30 seconds for each question.
Part 2: Describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanations
You will be asked to describe a photograph, then answer two questions on the topic of the photograph. The questions will ask you to talk about your own experience of the topic and to comment on some more general aspect of the topic. In this part you are expected to speak for 45 seconds for each response.
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.
Part 4: Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic
You will be asked three questions on a single topic and given one minute to prepare an answer. You can take brief notes and use these to help structure your answer. You are expected to talk for two minutes.
To better prepare for the Aptis speaking test try these tips and resources:
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
For more detailed information, please download a copy of the Candidate Guide.