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    Aptis Practice Materials


    Mock Test

    Level: A1 C1



    Mock Speaking Test 12 minutes maximum

    Outline The speaking test consists of 4 different parts. The candidates responses are recorded. A maximum of 5 marks are available for each task. The test takes about 12 minutes.

    Examiner reads everything from here onwards. The candidate speaks after the BEEP.

    Part 1: Welcome to the Aptis speaking test. In this part Im going to ask you three short questions about yourself and your interest. You will have 30 seconds to reply to each question. Begin speaking when you hear this sound (BEEP)

    Please tell me about your first school. (BEEP) Tell me about the last time you visited an old friend (BEEP) Tell me about your favourite singer. (BEEP)

    Part 2: In this part I am going to ask you to describe a picture. Then I will ask you two more questions about it. Youll have 45 seconds for each response. Begin speaking when your hear this sound (BEEP)

    Can you describe this picture in detail for me (BEEP) (45 seconds)

    Tell me about a time when you laughed a lot. (BEEP ) Do people from different countries laugh at the same things? (BEEP)



    Part 3: In this part I am going to ask you to compare two pictures and I will then ask you two questions about them. You will have 45 seconds for each response. Begin speaking when you hear this sound (BEEP)

    Describe what you see in the two pictures (BEEP)

    What sort of people go to each shop and why? (BEEP) Which kind of shop do you usually go to and why? (BEEP)



    Part 4: In this part, I am going to show you a picture and ask you 3 questions. You will have one minute to think about your answers before you start speaking. You will have two minutes to answer all three questions. Begin speaking when you hear this sound (BEEP)

    Look at the photograph. (10 seconds to look)

    Tell me about a time when you got lost. How did you feel? What do people usually do when they get lost?

    You will have one minute to think about your answers, you may make notes if you wish

    You now have 2 minutes to answer all 3 questions. (BEEP)

    Thats the end of the speaking test, thank you.



    Aptis Practice Materials


    Mock Test

    Level: B1 to C1



    Aptis Reading (25 Questions 30 minutes)

    Task 1 Choose one word (A, B or C) for each space and write the letter on the paper. The first one (0) is done for you as an example with the answer A marked on your answer paper.

    Dear Sir,

    My son, Kevin, left 0) __A__ two months ago and now he is looking for his first 1)______. The

    problem is that companies always 2)____ they want people with experience, but how can he

    get experience if no one gives him a job? He reads the 3)________ in the paper every day, but

    there is nothing for people like him. Today hes 4)________ some gardening for our

    neighbours to 5)________ a bit of money, but he needs a real job.

    Mr. G Carter

    EXAMPLE 0 A school B home C me 1 A work B job C occupation 2 A say B tell C ask 3 A news B text C adverts 4 A making B having C doing 5 A earn B get C spend



    Task 2 Order the sentences (B-G) below to make a story. Write your answers on the answer paper (Questions 6-11). The first sentence of the story (A) is given for you on the answer paper as an example. A Harland Sanders was born in the USA in 1890, but his childhood wasnt a happy one. B That was when he first learned to cook. C Over the next nine years Harland developed his secret chicken recipe that made him

    famous. D Sanders continued to work for KFC as a public spokesman and visited restaurants all

    over the world until he died in 1980, aged 90. E His father died when he was four and his mother had to find a job to support the

    family, so Harland stayed at home to look after his younger brother and sister. F In the 1950s he decided to close down his restaurant and sold the secret recipe to

    other businesses one of which became Kentucky Fried Chicken. G He left home when he was twelve and he had a number of different jobs, including

    being a service station manager in Corbin, Kentucky, where he cooked for hungry travellers.

    0) A

    6) 7)

    8) 9)


    11) (text adapted from http://www.ronford.net/ui/kfc3/townsquare/colonel/colhistory1.htm)



    Task 3 Read the text and match each space (12-18) with one word from the box below. Write the letters (A-K) on the Answer Sheet. The answer to question 00 is given on your answer paper as an example (L). You will not need to find five of the words.

    A Hong Kong hotel has sold individual 00 to be used as homes. It's one of the ways 12 are trying to cope with soaring housing prices, which are among the highest in the world. The hotel suites are cheaper than apartments in Hong Kong. Hundreds of people 13 up for hours to buy a unit at the Apex Horizon Hotel this week. It's not clear whether investors can legally live in the suites but buyers are still eager. The hotel was able to sell all 360 of its suites in two days - a sign there is a 14 for affordable housing. Hong Kong's low 15 rate has attracted hordes of mainland Chinese investors. It pushed home prices to record highs last year. Flats 16 an average of US$14,000 per square metre in central locations. Many residents feel they can no longer 17 to buy apartments. Hong Kong people cope by renting makeshift homes on rooftops, while others move into so-called cage homes - hutches made from wire-mesh, stacked on top of each other in a tiny room. The government's efforts to cool down 18 prices have not worked. So Hong Kong residents have to be creative in finding space to live. (text adapted from http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/wordsinthenews/2013/02/130225_witn_hotel_home.shtml)

    Your answers: 00 = L

    A queued 12 = B interest 13 = C afford 14 = D spend 15 = E residents 16 = F investors 17 = G property 18 = H save I lined J cost K demand

    L rooms



    Task 4 Read the text below. Match the headings A-H to the paragraphs 0-5 (Questions 19-23). Write your answers (A-H) on the paper. There 3 headings you dont need. The answer to Paragraph 0 is given on the answer paper as an example (J).

    Your answers: A Domestic specialties for the whole country 0) I

    B The current pizza varieties 19)

    C The reason why we cant take it home from the supermarket 20)

    D No pizza is complete without cheese 21)

    E You can be thankful for the poor 22)

    F Where it comes from 23)

    G Tasty for all the family

    H Tribute to the First Lady

    I Nothing compares to the original

    0. There are not too many nations that can say their national dish has become an international phenomenon. Italy has two such dishes, pasta and of course pizza. In America pizza usually falls into two categories: thick and cheesy Chicago style or thin and traditional New York pizza. In Italy pizza also falls into two distinct categories: Italian pizza and the rest of the world. It might seem silly considering the basic ingredients, but one taste of a true Italian pizza and that's it. You will never feel the same about this simple and delicious food again.

    1. In its basic seasoned flatbread form, pizza has a long history in the Mediterranean. Several cultures including the Greeks ate a flatbread made from flour and water. The dough would be cooked by placing it on a hot stone and then seasoned with herbs. The Greeks called this early pizza "plankuntos" and it was basically used as an edible plate when eating stews or thick broth. It was not yet what we would call pizza today. These early pizzas were eaten from Rome to Egypt to Babylon and were praised by the ancient historians Herodotus and Cato the Elder.



    2. The introduction of tomatoes to Italian cuisine in the 18th and early 19th centuries finally gave us the true modern Italian pizza. Even though tomatoes reached Italy by the 1530s it was widely thought that they were poisonous and were grown only for decoration. However, the innovative (and probably starving) peasants of Naples started using the supposedly deadly fruit in many of their foods, including their early pizzas. Since that fateful day when peasants first used tomatoes, the world of Italian cuisine would never be the same, however, it took some time for the rest of society to accept this crude peasant food. Once members of the local aristocracy tried pizza they couldn't get enough of it, which by this time was being sold on the streets of Naples for every meal.

    3. As pizza popularity increased, street vendors gave way to actual shops where people could order a custom pizza with many different toppings. By 1830 the "Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba" of Naples had become the first true pizzeria and this venerable institution is still producing masterpieces. The popular pizza Margherita owes its name to Italy's Queen Margherita who in 1889 visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples. The Pizzaioli (pizza maker) on duty that day, created a pizza for the Queen that contained the t

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