Why Do Schools Conduct Interview For Admission?

Preschool interviews are most often designed to help school staff assess a few key developmental milestones, including the child’s ability to:

  • answer questions
  • follow simple instructions
  • answer questions, even ones that may be open-ended or a bit difficult
  • recognize letters, numbers, and shapes
  • solve simple problems

so as to enable any required learning support. School interviews also let the child’s readiness for kindergarten entry, and help to get to know a student beyond the academics. It also helps parents to question and ask anything they would like to know about a school.

But is it so for CHILDREN and their PARENTS?

Even the word “admissions” can seem synonymous with “nightmare.” Nursery school and preschool admissions can be a really nervous experience for both parents and children. Especially in China where English isn’t the first language and where many parents strive to place their offsprings to the best private schools with English education. As teaching English for kids in China is booming there’s a high demand in qualified TEFL teachers and many schools offer intensive English courses specially to prepare children for English school interviews.

So HOW to pass a School Interview SUCCESSFULLY?

As an ESL teacher I understand how important the school interview is and even more how to prepare your child to pass it successfully.

The key is to rehearse common interview questions with children and for very young learners give them simple answers to memorize. From a very basic English conversation, your child will gradually progress to give his own answers to questions fluently and willingly. Most of my students came to my English beginner classes without anything except memorized ABC. In less than a year they were able to talk in English and express what they think.

I’ve created a special 1,5 month long Intensive English School Interview preparation program specifically designed to prepare my students to successfully pass English Pre-School Interview.

Here for your attention there are two videos. In these videos you will see 2 groups of very young learners having their English School interviews rehearsal. Parents were coping all the way through actively helping their children to practice questions and answers at home. In the older age group children were able to answer extra questions from their general knowledge.

You can also download a sample of my “Vocabulary minimum for young Chinese learners”,that I have written for my Chinese students. It includes all important useful phrases in English and their Chinese translation.


As a parent or a teacher you can help your children by asking them questions like these which are typical of many preschool interviews.

  • Can you tell me what shape is this?
  • Who is your favorite animal?
  • Why do you love it?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Do you have a sister or brother?
  • Can you tell me what color this is?
  • Which is your favorite story?
  • What do you want to become when you grow up?
  • What do you like to eat?
  • Do you have any pets at home?
  • If so, how do you care for your pet?
  • What is your mother’s profession?
  • Can you tell me which bird this is?
  • Can you tell me which means of transport this is?
  • Can you count from 10 to 20 for me?


Practice with your child.

Schools are looking for students with such desirable characteristics as a love of learning, willingness to contribute to the school community and a generally pleasant demeanour. Practice will help your child clearly and comfortably express their strengths and interests.

Ensure that your child doesn’t simply memorize and regurgitate talking points.

While having some key points in mind, it’s important to speak from the heart. To foster this authenticity, be sure to involve your child in every step of the school search process and take their preferences into consideration.

Some Piece of ADVICE for TEACHERS:

Built the rapport with your students: A child goes through various stages of psychological transformation. The age between 0-2 years is about hope and trust. You should develop a good open relationship with your learners so that they feel they can trust you

Research: Ask parents what school they want apply to. All schools are very specific about what they expect from their future pupils. Inquire what will be asked during the interview and written test(s). Jot these down and start preparing bang on!

Brush the basics: Even if the school authorities do not particularly mention about questioning shape and colors during admission, it is expected that childrenwould know them. So, brush up other essentials such as colors, alphabets, numbers, fruits, vegetables, shapes, flowers and others.

No cramming zone: Ensure you need to go slow with a child. One step at a time. Train him, don’t foster him with the habit of cramming

Praise and encourage the precious: As I keep saying all the time MOTIVATION and ENGAGEMENT is a crucial aspect of SUCESSFUL LEARNING. That is why I always conduct an awarding ceremony for my students.

Make learning fun: Boost the learning process of your students by helping him observe wall posters, the colors and alphabets in them, certain words written on books. Make learning more fun and interactive


Regularly review the material previously learned in class. It will help your students to memorize all necessary information correctly and won’t make a mess in their heads!

All the best and good luck!

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