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Interview Questions

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Here are some common questions you will be asked in your interview, try to develop some answers for yourself. So long as you practise, you should do very well.

Academic background and school

  Tell me something about your courses.
  What courses have been most difficult for you?
  What satisfaction have you had from your studies?
  Have you been a leader in your school?
  What course has been most challenging?
  Describe your school
  What is the range of students at your school? Where do you fit in?
  What is your favourite teacher like?
  How did you spend last summer?
  If you could change one thing about your high school, what would it be?

Extracurricular activities

  What is your favourite extracurricular activity?
  What is the most significant contribution you’ve made to your school or community?
  What activities do you enjoy most outside the daily routine of school?
  What are some of your hobbies?
  How do you spend a typical day after school?


  What do you want to major in?
  Why have you selected this field of study?
  Why do you want to go to this school?
  How do you see yourself contributing to this school?
  What do you want to know about our activities?
  Is there any outside circumstance that interfered with your academic performance? Tell me about it.
  What other colleges are you considering?
  Have you ever thought of not going to college? What would you do?
  What do you expect to be doing seven years from now?

About you

  What is your strongest/weakest point?
  Tell me about your family.
  Tell me about yourself. (You should focus on about three things.)
  If you could have lunch with one special person (dead or alive) who would it be? What would be your first question?
  Who are your heroes and why?
  How would you spend $1 million in 24 hours?

In the end, the interviewer will ask you: what can you contribute to this interview? Or Do you have any questions? Prepare questions that matter to you, they will give the interviewer some insight into your character and priorities. Some interesting questions are:

  How do you treat AP scores?
  Is there a limit on the number of AP credits you will give?
  How do you match roommates?
  What new offerings are there in my major?
  How does student advisement work?
  What is your system for course selection?
  Do you have any advice for me?

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