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Aptis tips

Listening Don’t get caught up on one question! If you are not sure of an answer don’t dwell on it-it’s better to lose one question you are not sure of rather than all of them because you fell behind! Read the questions and instructions carefullylook at key words-this will help you feel more confident when listening as you know what you are listening out for. Listen out for question words (especially in section 2 ie: when, where etc) in some cases the content words are very similar and the only difference is in the question word.

Writing The writing exam is set to test both your informal and formal writing skills. Try to include a variety of sentences-you will be test on both your accuracy and range. Read the question carefully and see who you are writing to, this will help you decide on formality.

Speaking Task 1- It’s a good idea to practice introducing yourself, personal experiences and familiar topics. Consider the type of grammar you will need to complete the task. Remember that tone and intonation play a huge part in speaking, think about these, and stress, and how they can help us express meaning. To practice for task 3-it is a good idea to practice comparing two different thingscomparatives really come into play here, as well as linking words which show contrast. Think about the grammatical structures (modals!) we use when speculating. In section 4-a photo will be used to get you thinking about a topicbut this is not central to the answer-the questions are based on more abstract ideasnot just descripting the photo. Remember to stay ontopic. Task achievement is something you will be

Reading Use your grammar knowledge to help you choose the best options to complete sentences.

When sequencing, look for clues in the text which indicate an order of events (linking ideas/words)

Keep to your time limit, section 1 doesn’t require you to write full sentences, so make sure you spend no more than 3 minutes on this task.

In section3 , make sure you read the whole text-to be able to answer the questions, you need to understand more than just a sentence.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything –think about key words. In section 2 for example, you are looking for the literal meaning-specific details and information. Section 3 is a bit more difficult, you need to listen out for how tone/language clues

In section 2, stick to your word limit (30 words/per response)instead of focusing on quantity, focus on quality (accuracy)

Remember that in section 4 there is an extra heading.

50 words for the first email in section 4 and 12-150 words in the second email!

With heading match, sometimes headings can reflect the content of a paragraph in

different ways ie: -by using similar words -by using similar ideas -similar topics . tested identify the attitude of the speakerpay specific attention to intonation and stress.