How to prepare your child for an interview in a private school in India?

Searching for tips to crack a school interview? Check out this list of the most popular and commonly asked questions at the time of school admission.

The interviewer may ask several questions, simple as well as complex, at the time of the school admission interview. Primary school interview questions are simple and can be answered easily by a toddler at the time of nursery admission or KG admission. On the contrary, students seeking admission to a higher class in a reputed school of a CBSE, CISCE, IB, or IGCSE board can be asked tough questions. Whether your ward is going to attend a school interview at the primary, secondary, or senior secondary level, he/she should be prepared well beforehand. We have summarized a list of sample questions asked in a school interview for different classes.

Nursery Admission Interview Questions

  • What is your name?
  • What are your mom's name/ papa's name?
  • When your birthday is? How old are you?
  • Which color/ shape is this? (While showing an object)
  • What is the color of an apple?
  • Which alphabet/ number is this?
  • What is the phonetic sound of this alphabet?
  • Which cartoon do you see?
  • What animal/ bird is this?
  • Please recite your favorite poem?
  • What do you do with your eyes/ ears/ nose?
  • C'mon. Give me a high-five. (To check his/ her confidence level).

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School Admission Sample Questions for Secondary and Sr. Sec. Classes

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • Why did you leave your previous school?
  • Why did you apply to this school?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses/shortcomings?
  • What subject do you love studying? Why?
  • What subject do you want to quit and Why?
  • What are your hobbies? How do you spend your free time?
  • How do you spend your summer vacations?
  • What is the biggest accomplishment in your life?
  • Do you read books? Which is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author?
  • What are your favorite co-curricular/ extracurricular activities?
  • What is the biggest challenge of your life? Why?
  • How do you deal with criticism or conflicts?
  • Tell me something about your family/ personal life.
  • Do you recommend any modifications to the education system?
  • Why should we admit you to our school? How will you contribute to our school?
  • How will you help someone in your class/ school? (To check moral and ethical values).
  • How would you react if someone in the class asks to copy your project or assignment?
  • What can your teachers expect from you?
  • Do you want to ask us anything?

Boarding School Admission Interview Questions

In addition to the interview questions mentioned above, you should be prepared for the following questions if you are seeking admission to a boarding school.
  • Why are you willing to pursue a boarding school? Why do you want to switch to a boarding school?
  • Are you aware of the rules and regulations of a boarding school?

Additional tips to make a good impression at a school interview

  • Greet the interviewer(s) in an appropriate manner.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Keep a smile on your face.
  • Behave confidently.
  • Reach at time. Don't be late.
  • Flaunt your communication skills and social skills.
  • Keep your posture erect.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Don't use strong perfume or pungent grooming products.
  • Be genuine and polite. Answer truthfully.
  • Stay attentive.
  • Use a phrase like 'Thank you, 'Have a good day, or 'Nice to meet you as a matter of courtesy before leaving the room.

Do you think that you will be unable to answer any of these questions? Post your queries in the comment section below and let us know if you need any assistance from our end.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao13 Sep 2022 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

These days, getting a seat in an Engineering college is easier than getting admission to a good school. In many cities some schools are famous and parents want their children to get admitted into such schools only. When there is heavy demand, obviously the institutions will make the admission process tougher to get the best students possible. So these institutes may design their own procedures for seat allotment in their institutions. Some schools conducts interviews with the parents of the student for giving admission to a child. They may even fix minimum educational qualifications for the parents. I know some such schools in Hyderabad.

The author has given some good points which are really important for the students, and their wards, to get admitted into good schools. Generally, schools will be more interested in the way in which the student is presenting himself/ herself more than the correctness of the answers they are giving to the questions. The body language and how they communicate etc will be given more importance.

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