Interview practice Helping children present the best version of themselves

11+ interview practice


Your child’s ability to perform well during an interview is becoming increasingly important at every stage of their education. Our tutors and courses will help your child present themselves naturally and confidently at interview.

When applying to London’s top independent schools, academic ability alone is not enough. Schools are now placing more importance on how well children communicate, demonstrate intelligent reasoning, and show evidence of an enquiring mind. Given that entrance exams have been stymied by Covid 19 this year, there is undoubtedly more than normal riding on 2021 interviews. Parents are trying to support their children through interviews which are intrinsically stressful in themselves, whilst also battling the obvious technical, psychological and social impact of online interviews.

Preparing children for their 11+ interviews can be difficult at the best of times. You want them to feel ready, but not to give responses that appear rehearsed.

Being ready to answer interview questions honestly and intelligently is key. Some questions can be as simple as “why do you want to come to this school?” However, some can be a little more abstract such as, “could you explain the colour yellow to a blind person?”

How can we help?

We offer specialist interview practice to help boost your child’s confidence and improve their communication, lateral thinking and visual analysis skills. We work with experienced coaches who specialise in school entrance interviews for 11+ entry at some of London’s top independent schools. We run individual and group sessions that focus on interview preparation and what to expect.

We encourage children to develop their answers and present their best self, instilling a sense of self-assurance. Our preparation will help to take some of the uncertainty out of the 11+ interview process, giving your child the skills and confidence that they need to shine on interview day.

How tutors can help your child express themselves over Zoom at their 11+ entrance interview.

Our expert 11+ interview tutors have specific tips to help children interviewing online, including how to begin, join and end a video call, what to do if various technical problems present, and how to make an impact on screen. One of the joys of this one to one support is the space it gives a child to worry less about making mistakes and to focus instead on sharing their point of view. These are all valuable skills that will support your child during their interview and beyond.

girl taking her eleven plus interview online

Our interview expert will familiarise your child with the kind of discussion that they will experience in the interview. They will encourage conversation around current affairs and ask typical interview questions such as “what three words would you use to describe yourself?” They may also set typical 11+ interview tasks within the session such as mental maths problems or a brainteaser.

Our interview experts are senior teachers and heads of department from some of London’s leading schools. They have personal experience of the demands of the 11+ admissions process and can provide up-to-date insight into what schools are looking for. Wherever possible, we match you with a tutor who has taught at the school that your child is applying to. Find out more about our 11+ tutors, or check out availability for our 11+ mock exams and courses.

Get in touch for information about our popular 11+ interview technique sessions.


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