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Aptis Writing Exa


# ! $e%resh your e ory

! "inal Preparation

You are going to try out a real Aptis exam on the internet which will be very similar to your final exam. Before you do, lets prepare you for it so that you can get the most out of it. &uic' (ui) ! in pairs 1. ow much time do you have for the whole exam! 2. "o you have to spend the recommended time on each tas#! $. %an you stop the cloc# after youve pressed &'tart %omponent! (. %an you go bac# to a previous part of the test if you want to! ). *ill you lose mar#s if you go over the word limit! %hec# your answers on the last page of this boo#let.

* ! +o the Aptis We,site Practice Exa


+he exam website will not provide you with a mar#, and will not allow you to see your answers after you complete the test. 'o do the following before you start, a- .pen /icrosoft *ord b- 'ave the blan# document to your computer with the title &/oc# Aptis *riting 0your name-. c- 1eep this document open, but minimise it 0press on the &2& button in the top right of the window-. d- .pen your web browser and go to the following page,

http,33www.britishcouncil.org3aptis2practice2tests3Aptis*riting4ractice3
"ont press &'tart %omponent yet. e- After completing each tas# on the website, copy your text 0%trl 5 %- and paste it 0%trl 5 6- into the /icrosoft *ord document. Your trainer will tell you when to start. 7emember that once you press &'tart %omponent, your )8 minutes will start tic#ing. -e%ore you clic' %inish. re e ,er to copy your answers to Microso%t Word/

0 ! 1el%-evaluate your Per%or ance


9ow self2evaluate your performance. Answer the following :uestions, 1. "id you finish all the tas#s in the allotted time! 2. "id you answer the :uestion0s- correctly and clearly for each tas#! $. "id you write the correct number of words for each tas#! (. "id you find time to proofread your answers for errors! ). "id you format and punctuate your answers correctly! ;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;;

<f your answer to any of the :uestions is &no, write some &self2recommendations below, 0e.g. < will spend a maximum of 18 minutes on the informal email in tas# (-

+ell a colleague how you self2evaluated and what recommendations you made to yourself.

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> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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2 ! Error Correction
*or# in pairs. Doo# at both your answers together 0rather than swapping- and discuss any possible errors. %an you correct them! As# your trainer for help 3 confirmation if you are not sure. Add any corrections you find to your Brror %orrection Dog. +his will help you to remember the corrections. You can also use an Brror %orrection Dog in your classroom with your learners 0see image-E

3 ! Model Answers
ere are model answers for all the exam tas#s you Fust completed. ?nderline any expressions, words that you thin# would be useful to learn. Add them to your vocabulary noteboo#.

Garhani /ohammad 1A .ctober 1AC) <m interested in travel because < find it fascinating visiting other countries and learning about the culture. < also enFoy ta#ing photos of the amaIing places < visit.

Alor 'etar /alay Badminton %oo#ing Hardening

i 'am, < can remember, yesE < was about 21 and < had to travel from my home town to another town by bus. < was :uite nervous, but it really enFoyed seeing the beautiful countryside that we passed.

i /iguel, < would recommend 2 placesJ the wonderful capital city, 1uala Dumpur, where the architecture is amaIing and the island of Dang#awi for its beautiful beaches and delicious /alaysian food. You should try itE

i /ichelle, +he most exciting Fourney < have ever been on is a boat Fourney to a small island. +he boat was small and the sea was very rough, but < was great to visit such a beautiful holiday destination.

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> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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i Asmah, ave you seen the email from the travel club, yet! <m really sad that /r. 4rice wont be there. < was so loo#ing forward to meeting him. owever, <m definitely going to attend the meeting and buy the boo#. *hat about you, are you still coming! Dove, Garhani

"ear 'ir or /adam, +han# you for your recent email, informing us that /r. 4rice will not be attending our next meeting. < must say that < am rather disappointed about this, as < was very much loo#ing forward to receiving a signed copy of his new boo#. 9onetheless, < understand that such cancellations do happen in the schedule of famous writers, and < would li#e to confirm that < would still li#e to attend the meeting. < would also li#e to reserve a copy of /r. 4rices boo#, Around the *orld in L8 *ays, which < will pay for at the meeting. < appreciate all your hard wor# for the club and loo# forward to seeing you at the meeting. 4lease could you confirm receipt of my email. Yours sincerely, Garhani /ohammad

*or# in pairs. "iscuss the model answers using the following :uestions, 1. <n 4art 2, *hat language does the writer use to describe her interests! 2. <n 4art $, *hat verb tenses does the writer use in the $ different answers! *hy! $. <n 4art $, *hat modal verbs does she use to ma#e recommendations! (. <n 4art (, ow does the writer express her feelings in both the informal and formal emails! ). <n 4art (, *hat tense does the writer use to indicate her plans for the future to her friend! K. <n 4art (, ow does the writer indicate her future intentions in the formal letter! C. <n 4art (, ow does the writer start and finish the formal letter!

4 ! "urther 1el%-study 5deas


ere are some ideas for how you can #eep learning between now and the writing exam. +ry some of them outE 1- "o the practice exams on the 4ro2BD+ Aptis website and get a colleague to evaluate your answers and provide feedbac#. eres the address, http,33proelt.byethostC.com3 2- "o practice exam :uestions from other writing exams. ere are some websites,

http,33www.ieltshelpnow.com3general;training;writing;test;1.html
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> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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http,33www.ielts2exam.net3index.php! optionMcom;contentNtas#McategoryNsectionidMCNidM1KN<temidMKA http,33www.examenglish.com34B+34B+;writing;part2.htm http,33www.examenglish.com3G%B3G%B;writing.htm


$- 'earch for online websites that help with formal and informal email or letter writing. ere are some lin#s,

http,33www.flo2Foe.co.u#3fce3students3writing3express3index.htm http,33www.alternative.hu3formal;and;informal;letters http,33mannysfceblog.blogspot.com328113823writing2part212and222informal2and.html http,33www.spea#english.co.u#3phrases3writing;letters;and;emails


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http,33play.typeracer.com3 http,33www.typingweb.com3

6 ! My Learning Plan
Between now and the exam, you can really improve your writing s#ills if you do a little every wee#. +he following table will help you to plan. You can even plan to wor# together with a friend 3 colleagueE *hat < would li#e to practise 3 study ow often < plan to practise 3 study it *here < will find the materials ow < will evaluate my wor#

&uic' &ui) Answers


1. 2. ow much time do you have for the whole exam! "o you have to spend the recommended time on each tas#! )8 mins 9o. You can choose how you spend your )8 minutes. eres our recommendation. *e recommend you spend a little less time on 4art 2 and a little more on 4art $, 4art 1 O $ minsJ 4art 2 O ) minsJ 4art $ O 12 minsJ 4art ( O $8 mins 018 for the informal email, 28 for the formal email-. 9o. Yes. You can edit answers to 4art 1, 2 and (. But you cant change your 4art $ answers once youve pressed &4ost.

$. (.

%an you stop the cloc# after youve pressed &'tart %omponent! %an you go bac# to a previous part of the test if you want to!

%ontributed by, =ason Anderson


> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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). *ill you lose mar#s if you go over the word limit!

Level: B1 to B2
9o. But it is not a good exam strategy. <ts better to #eep to the word limits and write more accurately.

%ontributed by, =ason Anderson


> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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Trainer 1upple ent - Co plete Online Writing Exa


+his is a copy of the exam online at, http,33www.britishcouncil.org3aptis2practice2tests3Aptis*riting4ractice3 <t can be used instead of the online exam if teachers cannot access the online exam. Part # You want to Foin a travel club. Gill in the form. You have $ minutes. Part * You are a new member of the travel club. Gill in the form. *rite in sentences. ?se 282$8 words. You have C minutes in total.

Part 0 You are a member of a travel club. You are tal#ing to some other members in the travel club chat room. +al# to them using sentences. ?se $82(8 words per answer. You have 18 minutes in total.

%ontributed by, =ason Anderson


> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-

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Part 2

Level: B1 to B2

%ontributed by, =ason Anderson


> +he British %ouncil, 281$ +he British %ouncil is the ?nited 1ingdom@s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. British %ouncil /alaysia is a branch 0AA)2$22A- of the British %ouncil, registered as a charity in Bngland and *ales 028A1$1- and 'cotland 0'%8$CC$$-