reading Aptis General part 1

Reading Aptis General part 1

Reading Aptis General part 1

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Christmas time is coming! Hola a todos, ¿qué tal lleváis el mes de diciembre con tanta luz y ambiente navideño? Más vale que seáis buenos para que Santa os traiga cosas :). Hablando de regalos, en nuestro Facebook regalamos un booklet de speaking Aptis General por Reyes.

Mientras tanto, aquí empezamos este articulo para aportar más luz al reading Aptis General que tanto nos habéis pedido. Pues bien, voilá, aquí tenéis una entrada de blog completa con ejercicios del reading Aptis General part 1. En esta parte tendréis que completar el hueco con la palabra correcta. La entrada combina una mezcla de readings de todos los niveles, desde el más bajo al más alto nivel C.

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Reading Aptis General part 1

Y bien, sabéis que ésta es la primera parte del Reading y, por regla general, no suele dar quebraderos de cabeza pero tampoco está exenta de dificultad. Es por eso que cada ejercicios que ponemos aquí irá subiendo de nivel. Os dejamos la fuente de cada ejercicio por si queréis investigar más. El que no tiene la fuente, está realizado por nosotros (los más difíciles, ya verás). Como truco fundamental os recomendamos es que leas bien el contexto, es decir, lo que viene antes y después del hueco.

Ejercicios part 1 Reading Aptis

Bulgaria’s Population is Shrinking

Bulgaria, a southeastern country in the European Union, is one of the 1.______ fastest shrinking countries. In the last forty years, the population of Bulgaria has fallen from 9 to 7 million. Young people often leave the country for postsecondary studies and do not return for 2.______years. Approximately 1 million Bulgarians currently live abroad. Bulgarians are also having 3._____ children. Despite the shrinking population, some Bulgarians do return after realizing that they miss some aspects of home, including the 4._____ and relaxed pace of living.

  1. A) spot          B) place          C) world’s
  2. A) a lot          B) many         C) several
  3. A) few            B) fewer         C) more few
  4. A) culture     B) tradition    C) habit

Respuestas correctas: 1. world’s; 2. several; 3. fewer; 4. culture

Fuente: Englishclub 

«If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find excuses.»

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was a great woman novelist of the early 19th century. Jane was born 1.____ 16 December 1775 in Steventon Rectory. She was the second daughter of The Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra. Apart from her older sister, also called Cassandra Jane also had 6 brothers.

In 1783 Jane and 2._____ sister were sent to boarding school. While at school they both caught a fever (possibly typhus) and Jane 3.______ died. Jane Austen left school in 1786.

Even as a child Jane Austen loved writing and she wrote a lot of short stories called the Juvenilia. 4.____ 1795 she wrote a novel she called Elinor and Marianne. In the years 1796-97 Jane Austen wrote another novel she called First Impressions. It was later 5.______ as Pride and Prejudice. 6._____ in 1798-99 Jane wrote a novel named Susan. It was published posthumously as Northanger Abbey in 1817.

In 1801 Jane Austen moved with her sister and parents to Bath. Jane Austen was a tall, slim woman. In 1802 she received a 7._____ of marriage from a man named Harris Bigg-Wither. At first Jane accepted but she quickly changed her mind. Jane Austen never 8._____. Her father George Austen died in 1805.

In 1807 Jane Austen moved to Southampton. She lived there until 1809. At that time Southampton was a flourishing port and town with a population of over 8,000. However in 1809 Jane Austen moved to the little village of Chawton in north Hampshire.

Then in 1811 Sense and Sensibility was published. Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. Mansfield Park was published in 1814. Another book called Emma followed in 1816. Meanwhile Jane Austen 9.______ Persuasion but she died before it could be published. It was published posthumously in 1817. Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817. Jane was only 41 years old. She 10._____ in Winchester Cathedral.

  1. A) on                B) in                   C) at
  2. A) his                B) its                 C) her
  3. A) nearly          B) practically   C) near
  4. A) about           B) with regard C) around
  5. A) established B) published    C) showed
  6. A) then              B) however      C) although
  7. A) proposal      B) offer             C) gift
  8. A) married        B) marries       C) marry
  9. A) wrote            B) has written C) writes
  10. A) was buried   B) buried         C) burial

Respuestas correctas: 1. on; 2. her; 3. nearly; 4. about; 5. published; 6. then; 7. proposal; 8. married; 9. wrote; 10. was buried


“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

The Amazons were more than a myth

Legends of formidable 1._____ warriors known as the Amazons permeate ancient lore – and, with the Wonder Woman franchise, modern-day movie screens. In particular, Ancient Greek writers loved spinning 2.______ of how the Amazon women matched men in their traditional domain of war-making.

Mythographer Apollodorus, writing in the first or second century A.D., dubbed the Amazons “a people 3.______ in war,” who were so committed to martial endeavors that they “pinched off the right breasts that they might not be trammelled 4.______ them in throwing the javelin, but they kept the left breasts, that might suckle.”

They were even said to 5.______ the likes of such mythological warriors as Heracles, Theseus, and Achilles. But were the Amazons just a myth — or were they real?

Historian Adrienne Mayor delves into their complicated history. She  noted in her seminal book, The Amazons, 6.______, they believed that the Amazons were very much real historical figures. They may have very well been real-life horse-riding women hailing from Western Asia — places 7._____ Iran and the Caucasus — who fought valiantly against their enemies.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, Homer’s Iliad was the first to 8._____ them in the eighth century B.C. He described them as “antianeirai,” which many scholars have translated as “the opposite of men,” “antagonistic to men,” and “the equal of men.”

Centuries later, the so-called “Father of History,” Herodotus, wrote that the Amazons hailed from Scythia, a large steppe region in Central Eurasia.

Dubbed “man-killers” in the Greek 9._____, the Amazons lived an idyllic, isolated existence, only mingling with men from neighboring tribes once a year in a ceremonious procreation ritual. The mothers would keep their female 10.______ and train them as warriors, and send off their male infants.

  1. A) female        B) women      C) woman
  2. A) fairytales   B) tales           C) stories
  3. A) amazing     B) wonderful C) great
  4. A) for               B) to                C) by
  5. A) fight            B) challenge  C) stay
  6. A) apparently B) certainly   C) surely
  7. A) such as       B) like             C) as
  8. A) mention     B) say              C) tell
  9. A) say               B) tongue       C) language
  10. A) kids             B) offspring   C) cubs

Respuestas correctas: 1. female; 2. tales; 3. great; 4. by; 5. challenge; 6. apparently; 7. such as; 8. mention; 9. tongue; 10. offspring


«Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.»

Star Wars

The plain, brown cloak that Sir Alec Guinness 1) __________ when he played the character Obi-Wan Kenobi 2) __________ the Star Wars films is part 3) __________ a collection of film and television costumes that will be sold. Alec Guiness died 4) __________ 2000.

5) __________ cloak disappeared thirty years ago and was then used in 6) __________ films. It was even used by people going 7) __________ fancy dress parties. Experts think it will 8) __________ for £40,000.

  1. A) wear           B) wore           C) wearing
  2. A) in                B) on                C) at
  3. A) off               B) for               C) of
  4. A) on               B) in                 C) for
  5. A) A                 B) The              C) Those
  6. A) other          B) others          C) other’s
  7. A) to                B)  at                 C) from
  8. A) sell              B) sold              C) sale

Respuestas correctas: 1. wore; 2. in; 3. of; 4. in; 5. The; 6. other; 7. to; 8. sell


“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

The fastest dinosaurs

According 1) __________ computer models that were used to estimate the running speeds of dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex would have been able to outrun a footballer. The study shows that the dinosaur could reach a top 2) __________ of 8 metres a second, which is 3) __________ faster than the average professional footballer. There has been a lot of controversy 4) __________ whether the Tyrannosaurus Rex was a predator or a scavenger; some believe that its highly developed sense of smell indicates that it was a scavenger, 5) __________ others say that its keen eyesight shows that it was a hunter. The 6) __________ group will appreciate the recent study, as a hunter is more 7) __________ to require such speed

The University of Manchester study used a powerful supercomputer to calculate the running speeds of five meat-eating dinosaurs and used data taken 8) __________ from dinosaur fossils, 9) __________ than referring to previous work on modern animals.  The Tyrannosaurus Rex, 10) __________, was not the fastest dinosaur. A small dinosaur 11) __________ Compsognathus, which was about the 12) __________ of a chicken, could run at 18 metres a second, 13) __________ is faster than the ostrich, the fastest two-legged animal today. It could run 100 metres in a little over six seconds, which would 14) __________ modern Olympic 15) __________ more than a third of the track behind.


  1. A) with           B) as                C) to                    D) —-
  2. A) fast             B) speed         C) swift               D) rate
  3. A) fraction     B) fractional  C) fractionally   D) fractionals
  4. A) about         B)  as               C) at                    D) to
  5. A) since          B) while           C)  however      D)  as
  6. A) former       B) later            C) latter             D)  first
  7. A) likely          B) probable     C) probably     D) possible
  8. A) directs        B) direction    C) directed       D) directly
  9. A) instead       B) rather         C) other            D)  better
  10. A) therefore    B) hence         C) since             D)  however
  11. A) called          B) named as   C) known         D) name
  12. A) shape          B) size              C) form            D)  same
  13. A) who             B) that             C) when            D)  which
  14. A) leave           B) chase           C) run               D) beat
  15. A) athlete        B) athletic       C) athletics       D) athletes

Respuestas correctas: 1. to; 2. speed; 3. fractionally; 4. about; 5. while; 6. former; 7. likely; 8. directly; 9. rather; 10. however; 11. called; 12. size; 13. which; 14. run; 15. athlete


«Believe you can and you’re halfway there.»

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, who was born in 1934, is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright. Many 1) __________ him as Africa’s most 2) __________ playwright.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, the first African writer to win this honour.

Soyinka has played an active role in Nigeria’s 3) __________ history. In 1967, during the Civil War in Nigeria,  he was arrested by the Federal Government and put in solitary 4) __________ for attempting to broker a peace between the warring parties. While in prison he wrote 5) __________ which was published in a collection. He was released two years later after international attention was drawn to his 6) __________. His experiences in prison are recounted in a book. He is an outspoken 7) __________ of many Nigerian administrations, and of political tyrannies worldwide, including the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. Much of his 8) __________ has been concerned with «the 9) __________ boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it».

1986 was his most glorious year and occurred during the reigns of several violent and repressive African regimes. The Swedish Academy 10) __________ him the Nobel Prize for Literature as a writer “who in a wide 11) __________ perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of 12) __________”. The foremost Nigerian 13) __________ became the first African Nobel laureate, enshrined forever in the history of world literature. His Nobel Lecture was devoted to South African freedom-fighter Nelson Mandela. Soyinka’s 14) __________ speech criticised apartheid and the politics of racial segregation imposed on the population by the Nationalist South African government. That year brought him another 15) __________ award – the Agip Prize for Literature – and he was awarded a Nigerian national decoration: Commander of the Federal Republic.

Respuestas correctas: 1. consider; 2. distinguished; 3. political ; 4. confinement; 5. poems; 6. jailer; 7. critic; 8. writings; 9. oppressive; 10. awarded; 11. culture; 12. existence; 13. dramatist; 14. acceptance; 15. literary

  1. A) consider         B) regard                  C) think                 D) believe
  2. A) distinguish     B) distinguishable  C) distinguished D) distinguishing
  3. A) politic              B) politician             C) politically       D) political
  4. A) confinement  B) confine                 C) confining        D) configuration
  5. A) poet                 B) poem                     C) poems             D) poetry
  6. A) in prison         B) imprisonment     C) jailer               D) prisoner
  7. A) criticise           B) critisism               C) critic                D) criticising
  8. A) writings          B) writer                    C) wright              D) writing
  9. A) oppress           B) oppressive           C) oppression      D) oppresser
  10. A) granted           B) awards                  C) awarded          D) grants
  11. A) culture            B) cultural                 C) cultured           D) cultures
  12. A) exist                 B) existance              C) existence          D) existential
  13. A) dramatic         B) drama                   C) dramatically    D) dramatist
  14. A) acceptance     B) accept                    C) accepted           D) accepting
  15. A) literate            B) literary                  C) literally             D) literal


«The expert in everything was once a beginner.»


Attitudes towards the teaching profession have (1)…………………….considerably and it’s sad that the number of students considering a career in teaching has (2) …………………… a lot. Consequently, the teacher training faculty has (3) ………………………… by 25%. However, in other departments, the options have (4) ………………………… greatly, though competition with other colleges has, it must be admitted, (5) ……………………………… . Meanwhile, departments have expanded into new areas such as media studies, and computer studies in particular has (6) ……………… beyond all expectations.


1. turnedB affectedC modifiedchanged
2. A depressedB droppedC sunkD declined
3. A shrunkB curtailedC reducedD cut
4. A stretchedB protractedC widenedD lengthened
5. A boostedB enhancedC fuelledD intensified
6. A encouragedB grownC raisedD promoted

Respuestas correctas: 1. D) 2. B), 3. A). 4. C), 5. D), 6. B)

«Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.»

The ways we have changed

It is hard for almost everyone, but especially the young to imagine a world (0) without television. We have (1) __________to expect that all the important news of the day, worldwide, will be there (2)_________ the touch of a button. In times (3)__________ by, only the literate knew what was going on in the world, and (4)____________ only after a long delay. But now, it is possible for any of us to watch world events as they occur. (5)_________ has shortened the distance that divides our private lives (6)__________ the outside world to (7)__________ an extent as television.

Time and (8)__________, television transports us to the habitats of rare animals, and we may identify (9)___________ them. Concern for damage to the environment extends far and (10)__________.We worry about the influence of technology not just in our cities but on us (11)__________ people. Increasingly we see (12)__________ as part of the planet (13)_________ than in isolation.

1. A needB comeC allD get
2. A inB withC atD on
3. A goneB agoC longD got
4. A justB thatC thenD would
5. A itB anythingC allD nothing
6. A toB withC fromD in
7. A thatB suchC soD more
8. A nowB againC thenD time
9. A withB toC asD on
10. A awayB largeC longD wide
11. A asB likeC withD along
12. A usB theirC ourselvesD our
13. A ratherB moreC quiteD most

«Respuestas correctas: 1. B), 2. C), 3. A), 4. C), 5. D), 6. C), 7. B), 8. B), 9. A), 10. D), 11. A), 12. C), 13. A)

«Life has two rules: 1) Never quit. 2) Always remember Rule #1.


Teaching a child with dyspraxia can be a 1) ………………….  experience due to the wide range of symptoms a student may present. 2) ……………….., while dyspraxia is a neurological condition that causes movement and co-ordination 3)………………. , it has no impact on intelligence. Children with dyspraxia are perfectly 4)………………… of learning alongside their peers; they may just need some extra attention and support from time to time. 5)………………….. is the first step and can make all of the difference in helping a child to reach his or her full potential at school.

While not as well known as other learning difficulties, dyspraxia in children is relatively common, with 6-10% of the population affected, to some 6) ………………. A child with dyspraxia may experience problems at school, including difficulty in handwriting his or her work, 7) …………………. other tasks that require fine motor skills and planning and organisation aspects.


  1. A) frustrating  B) overwhelming    C) frustrated
  2. A) Meanwhile B) However              C) Albeit
  3. A) problems    B) matters                C) issues
  4. A) capable        B) able                      C) willing
  5. A) Awareness  B) Insight                 C) Conscious
  6. A) scale             B) degree                  C) term
  7. A) doing            B) performing         C) acting

Respuestas correctas: 1.A, 2.B, 3.C, 4.A, 5. A, 6. B, 7. B

«Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford»

Salmon crisis

A new study that suggests sockeye salmon returns have 1.____ by three-quarters in the Skeena River over the last century should 2. _____ as a «wake-up call», the lead researcher says. His research indicates annual salmon returns to the river Skeena have fallen from about 1.8 million to 469,000 in the last 100 years, an 3. _____ decline of about 74 per cent. «We’ve been seeing these warning signs that salmon are diminishing and 4.___ … we continue to make decisions that are not in the 5.____ interests of salmon.»

6._____ following genetic markers in the DNA extracted from those scales, the scientists were able to trace patterns of abundance in 7._____ of the 13 sockeye populations in the Skeena. The Skeena River, which runs from B.C.’s northern Interior to the Pacific Ocean south of Prince Rupert, is Canada’s second largest watershed for salmon.

Previous research had suggested declines in seven of those 13 populations over the last 50 years. New research found that when they doubled that time 8._____, every population saw drops of between 56 and 99 per cent.

The researchers also developed a theory for why some populations have declined more 9._____ than others.

«What we found was those populations with historically the largest body size have declined the most, which suggests that fisheries selectivity is the most probable driver,» the 10.____ researcher said.

The results suggest there’s an urgent need for recovery plans for sockeye in the Skeena, as well as all salmon species across the province, he argues. «I’m hopeful this historical perspective provides us the information that can make more informed decisions in the future,» he said.


1. A. fallB. roseC. droppedD. skyrocketed
2. A. serveB. callC. installD. remain
3. A. overallB. amountC. widespreadD. universal
4. A. evenB. yetC. soD. anyway
5. A. goodB. bestC. appropriateD. suitable
6. A. ByB. justC. whenD. while
7. A. eachB. oneC. everyD. single
8. A. scaleB. frameC. spaceD. average
9. A. ghastlyB. fastlyC. sharplyD. wastly
10. A. mainB. chiefC. principalD. lead

Respuestas correctas: 1.C, 2. A, 3. A, 4. B, 5. B, 6. A, 7. A, 8. B, 9. C, 10. D 

«It’s not the time to look for excuses. – Rafael Nadal»

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