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If you are taking Aptis ESOL, it is important to familiarise yourself with the test format and task types so that you can show your best performance on the test day.

How long does the Aptis ESOL test take to complete?

The total duration of the Aptis ESOL test depends on the variant you are taking. In the table below you can find the timings for each variant.

Variant

Aptis ESOL General

Aptis ESOL Advanced

Grammar and Vocabulary 25 minutes 25 minutes
Speaking 12 minutes 10 minutes
Listening 40 minutes 30 minutes
Reading 35 minutes 60 minutes
Writing 50 minutes 45 minutes

Aptis Candidate Guides

Find out more about the format of each test component in the Aptis ESOL Candidate Guides for each variant.

To prepare for Aptis ESOL General, we recommend that you watch the introductory videos for each of the components in the pages below and take a demo test.

For more general preparation and useful exercises, we have plenty of free resources on our Learn English website where you can practise and improve your English skills.

Grammar and vocabulary Aptis test

Find out how the test is structured. Read our tips, watch the video and take a demo test.

Listening Aptis test

Find out more about the different listening task types, check our tips, watch the video and take an Aptis listening demo test.

Reading Aptis test

Find out more about the different reading task types, check our tips, watch the video and take an Aptis reading demo test.

Speaking Aptis test

The Aptis speaking test assesses your ability to communicate in English in real-life situations. It takes about 12 minutes and is divided into four sections.

Writing Aptis test

The Aptis Writing Test takes up to 50 minutes to complete and contains four tasks. Read out writing tips, watch the video and take an Aptis writing demo test.

Aptis ESOL Advanced

Prepare for Aptis ESOL Advanced with the Aptis Advanced Test - format and hints videos.

Understanding Aptis

Watch the Understanding Aptis workshop to help you understand how Aptis works.