Private schools are rather hard to get into, so here is our list of the ‘Top 5 Interview Questions for Private School Submissions!’ Be sure to create your own notes to prove to everyone that you’re the best candidate to join the private school community!


Why Are You Interested in Our School?

Private school admission committees assess all students with this popular question to see how motivated they are to join their private school community. Ideally, the student has researched about the institution and responds about the private school and which academic classes or sports are on offer. This creates a great impression of the student and his or her awareness of the private school’s academic programs and that he or she is keen to join. However, clichéd responses such as “This school has the best reputation” and “My parents said that this school would be the best way for me to get into a good university” do not display or hold enough meaning to reflect the student’s motivation and drive to start and finish studying in the private school.


Tell Me About Your Family

This is a common interview question that grants the private school admissions committee an insight into your family situation and your suitability in connecting with the other students enrolled in the private school. This question is rather personal and students are encouraged to talk about immediate and extended family, family vacations, and family traditions that helps the school understand the applicant. However, unsuitable topics that students are discouraged to mention are complex situations that take time to understand and embarrassing situations that may make everyone uncomfortable.


What Do You Do Outside Of School?

The reason for this interview is to get to know the applicant and so this is a popular question to have been asked by most private schools. Students should be most confident and prepared to speak about their interested and after school activities such as after school sports training, music classes, dance lessons, performing, tutoring etc. Students are expected to list at least one activity, even if it means the student like to read books or help parents with cleaning their home. This is a chance for the applicant to express themselves and their passions with the intention continuing those passions throughout their schooling lives. This is because most private schools highly encourage and regard students who try new things and show a burning desire to learn new things in life.


What Do You Read Outside of School?

Although, students are offered books to read for further study in school, they are expected to develop a habit of reading stage three books that they can expand on in the interview. They can read books on digital devices or paperback copies, but they are highly recommended to engage in regular reading to expand their vocabulary and literacy skills. While it is acceptable to speak about books students have read in school as a part of the syllabus, they are expected to develop an idea or reasoning as to why they may be interested in certain novels e.g. Good and inspiring storyline, the protagonist is interesting, compelling topics, did it teach you something useful? etc. Both fiction and nonfiction options are acceptable to private schools.


What Is Your Favourite/Least Favourite Subject? Why?

Students can start off in any order explaining whichever subjects they may like or dislike, however you must remember to be honest as your passions may easily uncover why you dislike or like a subject. Be sure to explain in detail why you may like your favourite subject.

Here are some examples that you can use to your advantage:

“SUBJECT is my favourite because it is fun to understand all the concepts around how and why the world works”
“SUBJECT makes me feel calm and collected, it also motivates me to learn more and more questions”
“I have always been interested in SUBJECT”
“I like studying SUBJECT because I like practical classes!”


Also, when discussing your least favourite subject try your best to explain in detail why you may dislike that subject but also try not to sound too overly negative. Don’t talk about particular teachers or excuses that show your low level of self responsibility such as, “I don’t like how there is too much homework”. In other words, show that you strive to work at your full potential to maximise your marks regardless of whether you like or dislike they subject.

Here are some examples that you can use to your advantage:

“I have struggled in SUBJECT but I am trying my best to improve by seeing my teacher for after school classes”
“SUBJECT has always been my weakness because of my disinterest in memorising history”
“Analytical skills used in SUBJECT have always been my area of weakness due to the extended time spend in humanitarian subject such as SUBJECT”
“I have struggled in SUBJECT in the past but I have found a way to work around it”


Best of luck to all students applying to private schools! We hope we gave you a good idea of what to expect when going in for a private school submissions interview!


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