ENGLISH TESTS

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jueves, 25 de marzo de 2021

FIRST / B2 LISTENING PART 3: TIPS AND EXERCISES

 Listening part 3:

You will hear five different speakers talking on the same subject. There are 8 options, and you have to match which one fits what each speaker says. Three options don´t match any speaker.

Tips: 1. Read through the questions and options in the time you are given (30 seconds).
         2. Underline the keywords.
         3. On your first listening, write the letter next to each speaker.
         4. On your second listening, check your answer.

Exercises:

Exercise 1         Exercise 2             Exercise 3             Exercise 4 

Exercise 5         Exercise 6

martes, 23 de marzo de 2021

APTIS READING PART 3: TIPS AND EXERCISES

 Part 3 Opinion Matching

You will read a text of four paragraphs that gives four different people's opinion on a common topic. You will have to match the people to the seven statements provided. Because there are seven statements, three people will be used twice. 

TIPS:

- Read the paragraphs one by one.

- Pay attention to the key facts about each person.

- Study the questions and identify the keywords. 

- Paraphrase and understand the same thing written differently.

- Match the questions.

EXERCISES:

Exercise 1         Exercise 2         Exercise 3         Exercise 4         

Exercise 5         Exercise 6

jueves, 18 de marzo de 2021

FIRST/B2: LISTENING PART 2, TIPS AND EXERCISES

 Listening part 2: 

You will hear one person talking, and you will have 10 gaps to complete with no more than three words. The recording often uses words different from the ones in the questions. Think about synonyms.

Tips: 1. Read through the passage; you will have 45 seconds.
         2. Think about the kind of word you need, for instance, a noun, a verb, etc.
         3. Make a specific guess, for example, a date, a number, and so on.
         4. If you miss an answer, keep focused and move to the next question.

Exercises:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6

martes, 16 de marzo de 2021

APTIS READING PART 2: TIPS AND EXERCISES

 Part 2: Text cohesion 

There are two different texts, each one contains six sentences, but only the first sentence is in its correct place. You have to put the other five sentences in each text into the correct order to make a complete text. 

TIPS:

- Read the text and pay attention to any sequencing or referencing words or phrases.

- Choose the sentence for the beginning of the story.

- Think about the sequence of the events.

- Choose the rest of the sentences.

- Read the sentences and make sure they´re in the correct order.

EXERCISES:

Click on the links below and do the exercises: 

Exercise 1         Exercise 2          Exercise 3          Exercise 4             Exercise 5 

Exercise 6         Exercise 7          Exercise 8           Exercise 9             Exercise 10

Exercise 11        Exercise 12

jueves, 11 de marzo de 2021

FIRST /B2: LISTENING PART 1, TIPS AND EXERCISES

Listening part 1: 

You will hear 8 different people talking in eight different situations, and you will have to choose the best answer (a, b or c). All the options will be mentioned. The correct answer could be anywhere in the recording: beginning, middle or end.

Tips A: 1. Read through the question and underline the keywords.
             2. Ignore the options a,b or c.
             3. Listen one time and think which the answer to the question can be.
             4. look at the options and choose the most similar to your answer.
             5. Listen a second time to confirm your answer.

Tips B: 1. Read through the questions and the three options.
             2. Underline the keywords.
             3. Listen to general meaning on your first listening.
             4. Listen to specific information on your second listening.
             4. Choose the correct one.

LISTENING PRACTICE: 
 
exercise 1         exercise 2         exercise 3         exercise 4         exercise 5        

 exercise 6      exercise 7         exercise 8

martes, 9 de marzo de 2021

APTIS READING PART 1: TIPS AND EXERCISES

 

Part 1: Sentence comprehension

You will read a short text in the form of a note or an email. There are five free-standing sentences to complete. The first one is given as an example. You have to choose a word (there is a choice of three) to complete each sentence.

TIPS:

-          Read each sentence with all the options carefully.

-          Look at the words before and after the space.

-          Decide the type of word that is missing (adverb, noun, verb, …)

-          Decide if the missing word is part of a fixed phrase or a collocation, or a phrasal verb.

-          Eliminate the incorrect answers before making a selection.

-          Once you have filled in all the gaps, reread it to check.

EXERCISES:

Click on the links below and do the exercises:  

exercise 1  (there are more exercises available)    

exercise 2         exercise 3         exercise 4        exercise 5          exercise 6        

exercise 7         exercise 8         exercise 9         exercise 10



lunes, 8 de junio de 2020

APTIS GENERAL READING EXERCISES

3. Reading: 35 minutes ( PART 2 HAS CHANGED, AND PART 3 IS NEW)

Click on the links below to practise exercises for each of these readings and click on the bottom to check your answers.

PART 1: SENTENCE COMPREHENSION

EXERCISE 1     EXERCISE 2     EXERCISE 3     EXERCISE 4     EXERCISE 5     EXERCISE 6 

EXERCISE 7     EXERCISE 8     EXERCISE 9     EXERCISE 10     EXERCISE 11    EXERCISE 12

EXERCISE 13     EXERCISE 14     EXERCISE 15     EXERCISE 16     EXERCISE 17 

EXERCISE 18   

PART 2: TEXT COHESION

EXERCISE 1     EXERCISE 2     EXERCISE 3     EXERCISE 4     EXERCISE 5     EXERCISE 6   

EXERCISE 7     EXERCISE 8     EXERCISE 9     EXERCISE 10     EXERCISE 11    EXERCISE 12

EXERCISE 13     EXERCISE 14   


PART 3: OPINION MATCHING

EXERCISE 1     EXERCISE 2     EXERCISE 3     EXERCISE 4     EXERCISE 5     EXERCISE 6

EXERCISE 7     EXERCISE 8     EXERCISE 9    EXERCISE 10     EXERCISE 11    EXERCISE 12

EXERCISE 13     EXERCISE 14     EXERCISE 15     EXERCISE 16     EXERCISE 17   

EXERCISE 18     EXERCISE 19


PART 4: LONG TEXT COMPREHENSION

READING 1     READING 2     READING 3     READING 4     READING 5     READING 6

READING 7     READING 8     READING 9     READING 10   READING 11     READING 12

READING 13     READING 14     READING 15     READING 16     READING 17

READING 18     READING 19



martes, 19 de mayo de 2020

APTIS GENERAL 2020 MOCK TEST AND TIPS

 TIPS AND LINKS :

 CLICK HERE: BRITISH COUNCIL DEMO 

SPEAKING
Part 1:To prepare for this task, it is a good idea to practise introducing yourself and talking about your personal experiences. Think about familiar topics and practise giving general information. Try not to talk in lists but instead use connecting devices, complex sentences and a wide range of grammar. 
Part 2: You should try to be fluent and spontaneous, showing little sign of effort. Make sure you answer all three questions.
Part 3: To prepare for this task, it is a good idea to practice comparing two different things. Focus on describing their advantages and disadvantages. With speculation, it is essential to make sure you are using the correct grammatical structures.Part 4: Focus on answering each question in a clear, smoothly flowing, well-structured speech. To prepare for this part, it is a good idea to practise speaking for two minutes on an abstract topic. Make sure you practise using your planning time wisely to structure what you are going to say.

                                           🔼 APTIS SPEAKING DEMO TEST 🔽 
 LISTENING
Make sure you are familiar with the structure of the exam.
Read the questions carefully, pay attention to the key words and synonyms.
Use the second listening to check or confirm your answer.
Listen to the whole recording before choosing the correct answer.

                                                   🔼 APTIS LISTENING DEMO TEST 🔽

WRITING
Read the question carefully,
Plan what you are going to write before starting.
Manage your time.
Review your answers and keep to the word limit.

                                                  🔼 APTIS WRITING DEMO TEST 🔽

READING
Part 1:  read the text before and after the gap, then choose the correct one.
Part 2: read all the sentences, there are clues in each sentence that shows how it links to other sentences, decide on the correct order. 
Part 3: read each paragraph to understand each person´s point of view. Then, read the statements and choose the correct option. 
Part 4: First, skim (quickly read) through the text quickly without looking at the headings and find out what the general idea of the text is. Second,  reread the text, but not the headings, paying more attention and try to find the primary purpose in each paragraph. Third, look at your ideas and see if they match any of the headings. Then, match the ones you are sure about and leave the most difficult for the end.

                                                      🔼 APTIS READING TEST DEMO 🔽

GRAMMAR AND READING
Read all the options and then choose. After that,  read the sentence again to check your answer is correct.

                                     🔼 APTIS GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY DEMO TEST🔽


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lunes, 18 de mayo de 2020

APTIS GENERAL 2020: NEW TEST FORMAT

TEST FORMAT AND TYPE TASKS

1. Grammar and Vocabulary: 25 minutes
       
 - grammar: 25 multiple choice questions

 - vocabulary: 25 questions
          task 1 word pairs: match a word to another one of very similar meaning. (5 words with 10  options)
          task 2: match a word to its definition
          task 3 sentence completion: choose a word to be used in the context of a sentence
          task 4 word combinations: combine words that are commonly used together.

2. Listening: 40 minutes (PART 2,3 AND 4 ARE NEW)

There are 17 tasks and 20 recordings.

- Part 1 information recognition: listen to a short monologue or dialogue to identify specific information (13 questions of 3 option multiple choice).

- Part 2 information matching: you will listen to 4 short monologues on a common topic by four different people. There are two extra options which you do not need to use.

- Part 3 Inference discussion: you will listen to a man and a woman. Read the opinions and decide whose opinion matches the statements the man, the woman or both.

- Part 4 Inference longer monologues: you will listen to two monologues on different topics. You will have to identify the speaker´s opinion or point of view on two aspects of the topic.

3. Reading: 35 minutes ( PART 2 HAS CHANGED AND PART 3 IS NEW)

- Part 1 sentence comprehension: you will read a short text (a note or an email). You will have to choose the correct word (3 option multiple choice) to complete  5 sentences.

- Part 2 text cohesion: There are two different texts. For each text, you will have to put the sentences into the correct order to make a complete text, the first sentence is in the correct place.

- Part 3 opinion matching: you will read the opinions of four people on the same topic. Then, you read 7 statements and decide which person´s opinion matches each statement.

- Part 4 long text comprehension (750 words): there are seven paragraphs and 8 headings, you have to match the paragraphs to the headings, there is an extra heading you do not need to use.

4. Writing: 50 minutes

- Part 1 ( 3 minutes) / (1-5 words for each question) word-level writing: you will have to respond to messages using individual words.

- Part 2 (7 minutes) / (20-30 words) short test writing: you will write personal information.

- Part 3 (10 minutes) / (30-40 words) three writing responses to questions: you will respond to written questions on a social network-type website.

- Part 4 (30 minutes)  (40-50 words for the informal email / 120-150 for the formal email) formal and informal writing: you will have to write an informal email to a friend and a formal email to an unknown person in response to some information you have received from the club or group.

5. Speaking: 12 minutes

- Part 1 personal information: you will respond to three personal questions about your self and your interest. You are expected to speak for 30 seconds for each question.

- Part 2 describe, express opinion and provide reasons and explanations: you will have to describe a photo and answer two questions about your own experience of the topic and to comment on some more general aspect of the topic. You are expected to speak for about 40 seconds for each question.

- Part 3 describe, compare and provide reasons and explanations: you will have to describe two contrasting pictures and answer two questions expressing an opinion on or speculating about the topic. You are expected to speak for about 40 seconds for each question.

- Part 4 discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic: you will have to answer three questions on an abstract topic. You have one minute to prepare your answer and you can take brief notes. You are expected to speak for about 2 minutes.






miércoles, 13 de mayo de 2020

ENGLISH AUDIOBOOKS FOR CHILDREN




Children´s audiobooks are a wonderful learning tool because while they´re following a story through an audiobook, they are picking up new vocabulary, learning about sentence structure, improving pronunciation and listening skills.

Listening to stories read aloud helps to boost reading comprehension and of course, fosters imagination. So, let´s read

Here there are some links to audiobooks for children:


1) Original stories, fairytales, classic authors, myths and world stories Here

2) Short kids stories to watch: here and here

3) Short stories with read-along text: here

4) Wonderful boo reading videos on youtube by professional actors and famous people: here

5) Listen to interactive stories and play: here

lunes, 11 de mayo de 2020

PET / B1 MOCK TESTS: READING AND LISTENING

Mock exams are taken as practice before an official examination to give you the experience of the test process. Moreover, you can find out your strengths as well as identifying the areas which need to improve. 
It´s made up of four papers:

1) Reading (45 minutes)
2) Writing (45 minutes)
3) Listening (30minutes)
4) Speaking  (12-17 minutes)

Click on the links below to check your knowledge:

TEST 1

READING: PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4     

LISTENING: PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4

TEST 2

READING:   PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4

LISTENING: PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4

TEST 3

READING: PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4

LISTENING: PART 1     PART 2     PART 3     PART 4

FIRST / B2 LISTENING PART 3: TIPS AND EXERCISES

  Listening part 3: You will hear five different speakers talking on the same subject. There are 8 options, and you have to match which one ...