What is the Aptis Advanced Speaking Test like?

The information below and the preparation materials are relevant for Aptis Advanced and Aptis ESOL Advanced.

The Aptis Advanced Speaking component tests your ability to communicate in English in real-life situations.

It takes about 12 minutes and it is divided into three sections. Your responses will be recorded and marked by our examiners.

Part 1: 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.

Part 2: Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic

In this 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 two minutes.

Part 3: Presentation and question on your presentation

In this part, you need to speak on a topic for one and a half minutes. You will have one minute to prepare. After your presentation, you will be asked an additional question about the topic and asked to speak for 45 seconds. There is no preparation time for this additional question.

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
  • hesitation
  • well-sequenced ideas properly linked together.