CENNI - APTIS 12 COURSE WEEK 3

PART 3 LISTENING

LISTENING

LISTENING

LISTENING TEST

Test structure


TIME

You have 30-55 minutes to answer the test

DESIGN

There are three parts in this section

Watch the following video to give you a quick review of the test

Test Design

There are 3 parts in this test

Word and number recognition

In this part you have to listen to a short monologue (answer phone message) to identify specific information.

Identifying detail

Here you listen to short conversations between two speakers or to monologues to identify purpose, general topic or specific information.

Inference

This part is focused in listening to short conversations between two speakers or to monologues to identify speaker attitude, intention, etc. through inferring meaning from the whole listening passage.

Important issues

  • Tasks become more difficult as test progresses.

  • Four-option multiple choice for each item (can be listened twice).

  • 1 listening sample per question.

  • Minimum time to complete it (listening only once each audio) is 25 minutes.

  • Types of format do not appear in order, although inference questions tend to come later.

Question samples

Remember that if you'd like to hear a question for a second time, just click on the ‘Play’ button. The system will not allow you to listen more than twice.

Check the following samples of these questions

Word and number recognition

Identify specific information

Identifying detail

Short conversations between two speakers or to monologues to identify purpose, general topic or specific information.

Inference

The objective is to identify speaker attitude, intention, etc. through inferring meaning from the whole listening passage.

Tips & Preparation

  • Read the question and the four options carefully, noting key terms.

  • Listen to the whole passage before choosing an answer.

  • Listen for synonyms and alternative phrases. 

  • Listen for a second time to check or confirm answer.

If you like you may practice listening skills using the following resources:

LINK 1              LINK 2

MORE TIPS

1. Key terms in questions can give indications about the type of answer expected (the term “particularly” implies that more than one answer will be valid, and focuses the listener on finding the most appropriate answer. Question tenses can be important in eliminating similar but incorrect answers). 

2. Passage length and the number of answers mentioned increases with difficulty, so it is crucial to listen to the entire recording. 

3. Learning to draw inferences in listening involves paying specific attention to intonation and stress to understand what mood speakers are in. Listening to authentic speeches such as television soap operas or films can help.

TEST SAMPLE

WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO ABOUT A COMPLETE TEST

MOCK TEST

DO THE PRACTICE TEST BELOW JUST CLICK ON THE LINK. ONCE YOU FINISH WRITE YOUR SCORE BELOW 

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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.