The speaking test is divided into 4 parts and takes about 12 minutes to complete.
Your responses will be recorded and marked by a British Council examiner. Some useful advice includes:
- Make sure you understand the question and respond appropriately and fully.
- Try to explain or expand your answers.
- Make sure that you speak clearly into the microphone and monitor time carefully.
- Before test day practise 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: try to improve your vocabulary, pronunciation and reduce your hesitations.
The following is a brief description of the test parts:
- Personal information (in this part, you are asked to answer three questions on personal topics. You are expected to talk for 30 seconds per question.)
- Describe, express your opinion, provide reasons and explanations (In this part you are asked to describe a photograph and then answer two questions related to the topic illustrated in the photo. The three questions increase in complexity (from description to opinion). You are expected to talk for 45 seconds per question.)
- 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.)
- Discuss personal experience and opinion on an abstract topic (In the final part, you will see a picture and 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.
WHAT DOES THE aptis score mean?
You will receive results based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They will indicate your CEFR (A1-C2) level for each skill tested. If you take all 4 skills you will receive an overall CEFR level and a scaled score (0-50) showing your level for each skill level tested.