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Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2

Aptis Writing Exam – Final Preparation


1 – Refresh your memory
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, let’s prepare you for it so that you can get the most out of it.

Quick quiz – in pairs


1. How much time do you have for the whole exam?
2. Do you have to spend the recommended time on each task?
3. Can you stop the clock after you’ve pressed ‘Start Component’?
4. Can you go back to a previous part of the test if you want to?
5. Will you lose marks if you go over the word limit?
Check your answers on the last page of this booklet.

2 – Do the Aptis Website Practice Exam


The exam website will not provide you with a mark, and will not allow you to see your answers after you
complete the test. So do the following before you start:
a) Open Microsoft Word
b) Save the blank document to your computer with the title ‘Mock Aptis Writing (your name)’.
c) Keep this document open, but minimise it (press on the ‘-‘ button in the top right of the window).
d) Open your web browser and go to the following page:
http://www.britishcouncil.org/aptis-practice-tests/AptisWritingPractice/
Don’t press ‘Start Component’ yet.
e) After completing each task on the website, copy your text (Ctrl + C) and paste it (Ctrl + V) into the
Microsoft Word document.

Your trainer will tell you when to start. Remember that once you press ‘Start Component’, your 50 minutes will
start ticking.

Before you click finish, remember to copy your answers to Microsoft Word.

3 – Self-evaluate your Performance


Now self-evaluate your performance. Answer the following questions:
1. Did you finish all the tasks in the allotted time? _________
2. Did you answer the question(s) correctly and clearly for each task? _________
3. Did you write the correct number of words for each task? _________
4. Did you find time to proofread your answers for errors? _________
5. Did you format and punctuate your answers correctly? _________

If your answer to any of the questions is ‘no’, write some ‘self-recommendations’ below:

(e.g. I will spend a maximum of 10 minutes on the informal email in task 4)

Tell a colleague how you self-evaluated and what recommendations you made to yourself.

Contributed by: Jason Anderson


© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)
Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2

4 – Error Correction
Work in pairs. Look at both your answers together
(rather than swapping) and discuss any possible
errors. Can you correct them? Ask your trainer for
help / confirmation if you are not sure. Add any
corrections you find to your Error Correction Log.
This will help you to remember the corrections.

You can also use an Error Correction Log in your


classroom with your learners (see image)!

5 – My Learning Plan
Between now and the exam, you can really improve your writing skills if you do a little every week. The following
table will help you to plan. You can even plan to work together with a friend / colleague!

What I would like to How often I plan to Where I will find the How I will evaluate my
practise / study practise / study it materials work

Quick Quiz Answers

1. How much time do you have for the whole exam? 50 mins
2. Do you have to spend the recommended time on each task? No. You can choose how you spend your 50 minutes. Here’s
our recommendation. We recommend you spend a little less
time on Part 2 and a little more on Part 3: Part 1 – 3 mins; Part
2 – 5 mins; Part 3 – 12 mins; Part 4 – 30 mins (10 for the
informal email, 20 for the formal email).
3. Can you stop the clock after you’ve pressed ‘Start Component’? No.
4. Can you go back to a previous part of the test if you want to? Yes. You can edit answers to Part 1, 2 and 4. But you can’t
change your Part 3 answers once you’ve pressed ‘Post’.
5. Will you lose marks if you go over the word limit? No. But it is not a good exam strategy. It’s better to keep to the
word limits and write more accurately.
Contributed by: Jason Anderson
© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)
Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2

6 – Model Answers
Here are model answers for all the exam tasks you just completed. Underline any expressions, words that you
think would be useful to learn. Add them to your vocabulary notebook.

Norhamizan Mohamad

16th February 1981


I am interested in travel because I
love to go to fascinating places. I
Ipoh can learn about other cultures too. I
can have my precious time with my
Malay family travelling to many places.
Reading

Cooking

Gardening

Hi Sam,
I still remember when I went to Langkawi last year. I quite nervous at first but I enjoyed my journey so much. I tried
to find the way to Chenang Beach. Finally, I managed to reach at the beach with the help of the local people there.
.

Hi Miguel,
I would suggest Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highland.Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and you can
visit the skysraper called The Twin Towers.You can enjoy the pictureques scenery in Cameron Highland.

Hi Michelle,
The most exciting journey that I have ever been on is a motorbike convoy to the orphanage house.The journey
was great and I had a wonderful time with the orphans.

Work in pairs. Discuss the model answers using the following questions:
1. In Part 2: What language does the writer use to describe her interests?
2. In Part 3: What verb tenses does the writer use in the 3 different answers? Why?
3. In Part 3: What modal verbs does she use to make recommendations?
4. In Part 4: How does the writer express her feelings in both the informal and formal emails?
5. In Part 4: What tense does the writer use to indicate her plans for the future to her friend?
6. In Part 4: How does the writer indicate her future intentions in the formal letter?
7. In Part 4: How does the writer start and finish the formal letter?

Contributed by: Jason Anderson


© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)
Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2

6 – Further Self-study Ideas


Here are some ideas for how you can keep learning between now and the writing exam. Try some of them out!
1) Do the practice exams on the Pro-ELT Aptis website and get a colleague to evaluate your answers and
provide feedback. Here’s the address: http://proelt.byethost7.com/
2) Do practice exam questions from other writing exams. Here are some websites:
http://www.ieltshelpnow.com/general_training_writing_test_1.html
http://www.ielts-exam.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=7&id=16&Itemid=69
http://www.examenglish.com/PET/PET_writing_part2.htm
http://www.examenglish.com/FCE/FCE_writing.htm

3) Search for online websites that help with formal and informal email or letter writing. Here are some links:
http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/fce/students/writing/express/index.htm
http://www.alternative.hu/formal_and_informal_letters
http://mannysfceblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/writing-part-1-and-2-informal-and.html
http://www.speakenglish.co.uk/phrases/writing_letters_and_emails

4) Improve your keyboard typing skills fast for free!


http://play.typeracer.com/
http://www.typingweb.com/

Contributed by: Jason Anderson


© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)
Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2

Trainer Supplement - Complete Online Writing Exam


This is a copy of the exam online at: http://www.britishcouncil.org/aptis-practice-tests/AptisWritingPractice/
It can be used instead of the online exam if teachers cannot access the online exam.

Part 1 Part 2
You want to join a travel club. Fill in the form. You have You are a new member of the travel club. Fill in
3 minutes. the form. Write in sentences. Use 20-30 words.
You have 7 minutes in total.

Part 3
You are a member of a travel club. You are talking to some other members in the travel club chat room. Talk to
them using sentences. Use 30-40 words per answer. You have 10 minutes in total.

Contributed by: Jason Anderson


© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)
Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT Teacher Training Materials Level: B1 to B2


Part 4

Contributed by: Jason Anderson


© The British Council, 2013
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities.
British Council Malaysia is a branch (995232-A) of the British Council, registered as a charity in England and Wales (209131) and Scotland (SC037733)

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