Test structure


Writing test in the APTIS follows the same pattern as the other tests. In this case you have 50 minutes to complete it. It is the longest section in the exam. 

Part 1 Word-level writing

Here you have to respond to five questions

You need to complete it with 1-5 words for each question.

Part 2 Short text writing

It is about personal information questions. You must write 20–30 words average.

Part 3 Responding to written text stimuli

Here you respond to written input on a social network-type website. There are three questions, 40 words for each.

Part 4 Formal and informal text writing

You are asked to write an informal email to a friend (A) and a more formal email (B). Both emails are in reaction to information about a change (for teens there is an essay to be done).

A = 50 words.

B = 120–150 words.

It is important to remember that:

  • All parts are thematically linked. 

  • Tasks get increasingly more demanding.

Watch the following video to have a general view of this part.

Now let's see each part in more detail. 


Part 1 Writing – Word-level writing

You need to write five pieces of information. See the following sample

Part 1

Example of a low-level answer (1/5) for Part 1:

Example of a high-level answer (5/5) for Part 1:

TIP: This part is not worth many marks, so don't spend too much time on it.


Part 2 Writing – Short text writing

This part is about form filling – but this time you need to write in sentences. 

About this part remember that:

Level A1-A2+ maximum score available 5.

Write between 20 and 30 words and spend no more than seven minutes

Sample for part 2

Example of a high-level (5/5) response for Part 2:

Note that 5/5 can be achieved as long as errors are minor and do not impede communication.

TIPS for this part

  • Keeps to the word count (20-30 words). 

  • Clear sentences. 

  • Answers are relevant to the topic. Replies are fully according to the input.

Common candidates mistakes.

1.Writing more than 30 words. 

2.Making too many mistakes. 

3.Writing off-topic responses. 

4.Capitalising all letters throughout.

Take a look of how this part is scored.

Part 2 scoring

Part 3

Part 3 Writing – Responding to written questions on a social network-type website

Here you have to:

1.Write 30 – 40 words for each question 

2.Focus on coherence and cohesion, relevance and accuracy. 

3.Spend ten minutes on this (maximum of seven marks available).

See the following sample


Example of a high-level (5/5) response for Part 3:

TIPS for this part

  • Emphasise the need to respond to all three prompts.

  • First task where coherence (ease with which the message and ideas can be followed), and cohesion (the way in which ideas are linked together using devices such as discourse markers [actually], conjunctives [therefore], and substitution and referencing) is important. 

  • The writing should naturally respond to the prompts, and ideas should be coherently linked. Relevance and accuracy are also important.

Now see how this part is marked

Part 3 greading

Part 4

Part 4 Writing – Formal and informal text writing

This part requires that you write an informal email to a friend and a more formal email to an unknown person. Both emails are in reaction to information about a change.

You should spend no more than 20 minutes on this part.

Sample part 4

Example of a high-level (5/5) response for Part 4:

Current problems in this part

Formal:Candidates often focus on the topic, but forget the specific requirements. In order to satisfy the requirements of the task, there are three items that should be mentioned: 

1. feelings, 

2. alternative suggestion (1), 

3. alternative suggestion (2).

Credit will be given for consistently using an appropriate informal tone.

Informal:The tone of this email should be significantly more formal throughout, compared to the previous email. 

Higher level candidates have the chance to demonstrate precise vocabulary and a wide range of grammatical structures.

Examiner comments

  • Understands the difference in writing to a friend as opposed to writing to an authority. The first text is casual and the second text is formal. 

  • Answers the input in a coherent manner. The text makes sense. 

  • Writing is clear, assured and precise using a range of cohesive devices to make the writing flow. Grammar and vocabulary is broad and accurate.

Marks awarded 5/5 (Likely higher than B2)

Check the scoring criteria for this part.

Score part 4


Watch the following explained video of a full test to give you an idea of it.


Now it is time to do a TRY

Go to this page and practice it.  LINK  

It is important to know this:

The mock exam here is the one given to the public by the British Council and it is focused on giving practice to candidates. Sometimes, there are problems accessing to the test because multiple factors (Connection, lack of plug-ins,previous attemps, etc). 

It is not possible to have control in this test at all. For this reasion I give the following suggestions:

  • Update browsers.

  • Have latest versions of Flash Player and Java.

  • Try with a different browser (If you try it first in Google, then do it in MOzilla or in Edge)

  • Try it in another computer  (this is because multiple attemps)

The idea for the course is to give you enough insights about the test. This is why you have in all sections a full answered sample before the mock. There, you can see what you need to face the test and what it is expected to get a better result. If for any reason This mock is not accessible (we ran all mock accesses once a month to check any problems) for you I recommend you to focus on that sample instead.

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