It's hard for moms and dads to know exactly what goes on in these interviews, but most interviews are similar to a mini class with 6-8 children engaging in group activities conducted by 2-3 teachers.
1. Understanding Simple Instructions: The most important aspect of an interview is the child’s ability to understand and follow simple instructions. The teachers check the lateral thinking ability of the child along with the manner that he responds to difficulty and his/her confidence level. Parents need to understand that these are behavioral attributes and not chapters.
2. Response & Communication: During the interview, a teacher will often toss a question out to the group of children to see who will respond. Some kids will be quiet, while others will be very excited trying to get their answer heard. Children are of course asked their names, in some cases they are asked about their family members, where they live, when their birthday is and the teacher often asks about the puzzle or activity they are playing with.
3. Phonics: For primary level; children are often tested on phonics, numbers and reading skills. For all grades at international schools in Hong Kong; fluency in English is a must and a child must demonstrate strong oral skills.