Most popular 11+ / 13+ school interview questions (2016-17)


    11+ / 13+ Interview Questions

    Common 11+ / 13+ interview questions which all 11+ / 13+ candidates should read before an 11+ /13+ interview.

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    Below are some of the most common 11+ / 13+ interview questions that students were asked in the past admissions cycle

    1. What is your favourite / least favourite subject and why
    2. Why do you want to apply to school X? What is it about school X that attracts you
    3. What sport do you play? What is your favourite sport?
    4. What extra-curricular activities do you do?
    5. Do you play any musical instruments / have you been in any plays?
    6. If you had unlimited money, what would you do with it and why?
    7. What book(s) are you currently reading?
    8. Who is your favourite / least favourite character in the book you are reading?
    9. What book would you recommend I read and why?
    10. If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
    11. What story in the news in the past few months has really caught your attention and why?
    12. Tell me about a real interest you have; either in or out of school
    13. What do you want to be when you are older and why?
    14. If you could meet any person in the world, either dead or alive, who would it be and why?
    15. Do you think it is important to study history?
    16. If an alien came to your school and he could only study one subject, which subject would you recommend and why?
    17. What is the point of going to school?
    18. If there is one thing that you would really love to learn more about, what would it be and why?
    19. Tell me about your happiest / saddest moment
    20. Tell me about a time when you were disappointed or embarrassed
    21. If a magician could turn you into any animal that you wanted, what would you be and why?
    22. What do you think is the role of a captain in a sports team?
    23. Is it ever right or justifiable to lie?
    24. What are you missing at school in order to be at this interview today?
    25. Where have you must enjoyed visiting or travelling to. Why?

    This is just a selection of some common 11+ / 13+ interview questions.

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