Aptis Advanced Reading Task 1 – Opinion Matching

En este artículo hablaremos sobre la primera parte del Reading Component de Aptis Advanced. Aquí debes leer 4 opiniones de personas distintas y luego responder 7 preguntas sobre estas opiniones diciendo quién dijo qué.

Aunque el examen dura 1 hora, te recomendamos no tardar más de 15 minutos en esta parte. A continuación, encontrarás técnicas de examen y un ejemplo a escala de esta tarea con las respuestas justificadas para que se más fácil su comprensión.

Read on to get more information about the first reading task of the Aptis Advanced examination. Find some advice on how to succeed in the opinion matching task of the Aptis Advanced reading component, illustrated by an example and the relevant explanations.

 

The first task of the reading component of the Aptis Advanced examination consists of Opinion Matching. During this task, you will be presented with 4 texts that contain the opinions of 4 different people on the same theme.

You will be given seven questions and you have to match each question to one of the 4 opinions. Keep in mind that multiple questions could match with the same text, but there will be at least 1 question for each of the 4 texts.

 

Aptis Advanced Reading Component Opinion Matching

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The best way to go about this task is to begin by reading the questions first. This will allow you to notice any keywords or themes that may help you to find the corresponding text afterward. Additionally, reading the questions first will give you an idea of what you should look out for when you read each opinion later.

After you have read all of the questions, you should start reading the first opinion and see what questions you can match with it. Only then, you should continue to the next person, and so on.

By completing the task in this way, rather than by reading all of the opinions at once before matching them to the correct questions, you will avoid getting confused and making mistakes.

 

Here is a short example of the task you will receive in the test, but keep in mind that during the Aptis Advanced examination, there will be 4 opinion texts and 7 questions total.

Study Abroad

2 people respond in the comments section of an online magazine article about studying abroad.

 

Read their comments and answer the questions (1-5).

Person A

Last year, I decided to study abroad because I thought it would really help me broaden my horizons. I was in the final year of my law degree and I was able to go to university in Italy for a semester.

It was really beautiful, but I moved there in August and I was not prepared for the heat during the summer, so the first month was really challenging.

Although I had taken Italian classes at my university, I really underestimated how difficult it would be to follow complex lectures about law and legislation in Italian.

At first, I wasn’t aware that the classes would be in a different language at all. Only a few lessons were held in English, and most of the students at the university I studied at were locals, who definitely didn’t experience the same struggles that I did.

However, after a couple of months, I realised that my language skills were improving a lot and with every day that passed, I found it easier to keep up in class.

 

 

 

Person B

Since I am a language student, my year abroad was mandatory and included in the four years of my bachelor’s degree. Despite the pandemic, I was lucky enough to go to Paris for a whole year and pursue my studies there.

At my host university, I was able to choose whatever courses I liked as long as I took one language class, so I got an insight into so many different, interesting courses.

I met a lot of great people, but I thought it was a shame that international students always ended up together, rather than mingling with the local students. I would have loved to meet more French people during my time in Paris.

Finally, at times, I also felt quite isolated from my friends and family, who were all back in my home country. On top of that, looking for a place to stay was so stressful, and paying my rent in Paris was definitely not cheap.

Overall, I still had an amazing time and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

 

Questions

1. Who thinks that they would go abroad again immediately?

2. Who thinks that the language barrier was an issue?

3. Who thinks that their apartment was expensive?

4. Who thinks that their linguistic abilities benefited from studying abroad?

5. Who thinks that the weather was too warm?

 

In this example, the first question matches with Person B’s opinion, as they state that they “Would do it again in a heartbeat” when talking about their year of studying abroad.

The second question matches with Person A’s opinion because they explain that they “really underestimated how difficult it would be to follow complex lectures about law and legislation in Italian”, which means they struggled with the language barrier at university.

The third question matches with Person B’s opinion, as they explain that “paying my rent in Paris was definitely not cheap”, so clearly, they believe that their apartment was expensive.

The fourth question matches Person A’s opinion, which can be explained by the following statement from their text: “I realised that my language skills were improving a lot”. This clearly demonstrates that Person A thinks that studying abroad has benefitted their linguistic skills.

Finally, the last question once again matches with Person A’s opinion. In their text, it clearly says that they were “not prepared for the heat during the summer, so the first month was really challenging”, which means that they thought the weather was too warm.

Keep in mind that not all opinions are phrased the same way and they don’t always necessarily begin with “I believe” or “I think”. In some cases, opinions are simply expressed as statements or facts, which the writer considers to be true for them personally.

It is also important to remember that the questions will be paraphrased and is it very unlikely that the opinions express their ideas in the same words or sentences as the questions. During the examination, you should aim to complete this task of the Aptis Advanced reading section in 10 minutes at most, or less if possible.

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