As a well-known top-tier school in the UK, Wellington College receives thousands of applications each year. Usually, it takes 1-2 year to prepare the application. However, Tom, our hero today, had applied to Wellington College successfully within only 2 months.
His distinctive approach to prepare the interview was indispensable. The interview is an important part of application to UK schools. And the interview of top schools is unlike the others. We can see the difference in Tom’s story.
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Admitted to: Dulwich College, Oundle School, Caterham School, Wellington College, Oakham School
Final choice: Welling College
Advisor evaluation: Tom has a solid foundation. He has strong logical thinking abilities and excels in sciences subjects. But he had no experiences in international schools, so his English language needed to be improved. Even so, his excellence in other subjects made him a potential candidate of top schools.
Two-month application process
When Tom came to BE, he was in his second year of high school. What he was applying for was A-level yeas in UK schools, which might be the worst news for an international applicant. What’s worse, he had only 2 months to prepare.
“I want to go to Wellington College”
Tom had a clear goal: get into Wellington College. A relative of Tom had been admitted to Wellington under the help of BE, and now he’s in University of Oxford. Tom and family wanted the same success.
Tom is absolutely great in sciences and greatly interested in chemistry. He could tell the exact usage of each pharmaceutical ingredients of the drugs in his home against specific symptoms. It’s safe to say his achievements in sciences subjects has already met the rigorous standards of A-level. The only problem is: examinations in British schools are different from those in Chinese public schools.
In many occasions, questions in UK examinations often ask students to describe or demonstrate an observation, so it requires a large English vocabulary and strong thinking abilities. Tom was able to describe them in Chinese fluently, only that not so fluent in English.
Intensive training for two months
Tom was having heavy schoolwork then. It’s difficult to have school classes and coaching sessions both. For a good preparation result, Tom’s parents decided to have Tom committed to the study-abroad education.
The two months’ learning was intensive and compressive for Tom. At that time, he went to BE for class each day. We assigned our best tutors in English language, math and science subjects for him, helping him to cover knowledge points and expand his English vocabulary. Besides, Nicole, our tutor at BE, also had him get through almost all entrance examination papers of UK leading schools, as well as simulation exam papers.
Tom proved his extraordinary ability in learning. Nicole worried more about the interview part. The application interview of leading school in the UK not only tests the applicant’s spoken English, but also logical thinking ability and dialectical viewpoints. Since public schools provide no English learning environment, Tom needed more exercises on these aspects.
Don’t get fooled by the admission officer
Interviews of UK leading schools are unlike the other. “In these interviews, there’re no template questions. The interviewer asks questions based on your answer, and use them to assess your English language level.” Nicole said. The followings are typical Q&As during Wellington interview.
Q：What’s your hobby?
Q：Could you tell me why?
A：I like travelling, so I like taking pictures of what I see
Q：Okay, then. Of all the places you’ve never been, which place do you want to go the most?
Clearly, the applicant cannot make preparation for every question that could be possibly raised. So the students’ foundation and improvisation ability really matter. If you’re not fully prepared, you may get nervous or fail to come out words when answering these whys. That’s how you fall into the admission officer’s trap.
Tips: To pass the interview of UK schools, it requires not only interview skills, but also wide knowledge scope, improvisation ability, analytical ability. So during the preparation, working on your expression and enriching your knowledge are also important.
Tom’s efforts paid off. He got the offer letter from all the 5 schools he applied, including his dreamt school, Wellington. We believe Tom will be able to embark on a new life journey in his dreamt school.