What will you say to your dream school?

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What will you say to your dream school?

The Vericant University Interview

Structured behavioral-style interview

Behavioral interview questions focus on your past experiences and facilitate interesting conversations about you as an individual. Rather than testing your knowledge in any particular area, our interview questions are designed to help a school learn more about your personality, interests, and the way you approach triumphs or challenges.

[Before Camera Starts, ~5 min] – Warm up and relax in interview studio

[0:00 – 03:00 min] Picture Discussion

[03:00 – 08:00 min] In-Depth

[08:00 – 12:00 min] Spotlight

[12:00 – 16:00 min] Study Abroad/University Question

[2 mins max] Free Speech (you can talk about anything that you want!)

30-minute writing sample

Choose between two different questions: either an analytical or practical question. The writing sample is digital and typed. You will be provided with a laptop.

Example questions:

Analytical: Do you agree with smoking bans in public places?

Practical: You’ve been asked to plan an event that shares something about your culture. What will you do and how will you get it done?

30-minute writing sample

Choose between two different topics: either an analytical or practical question. You will be provided with 3 lined pieces of paper and a pen. The writing sample is handwritten.

Example questions:

Analytical: Do you agree with smoking bans in public places?

Practical: You’ve been asked to plan an event that share something about your culture. What will you do and how will you get it done?

Send your interview to schools

3 business days* after your interview, your interview video and writing sample will be delivered to your online Vericant dashboard. Once it’s in your dashboard, you are able to:

  • Highlight a section of your interview that you’d like schools to watch first
  • Send your video and writing sample to any institution in North America
  • Send hearts to your top 3 schools to demonstrate your strong interest in them
  • Or… book and do another interview without losing your first one! (Every interview you do will remain available to you in your dashboard)

*2 day delivery available with upgrade

The Vericant High School Interview

Structured behavioral-style interview

Behavioral interview questions focus on your past experiences and facilitate interesting conversations about you as an individual. Rather than testing your knowledge in any particular area, our interview questions are designed to help a school learn more about your personality, interests, and the way you approach triumphs or challenges.

[Before Camera Starts, ~5 min] – Warm up and relax in interview room

[0:00 – 02:00 min] Introduction

[02:00 – 04:30 min] Picture Discussion

[04:30 – 10:00 min] In-Depth

[1 min max] Chinese Question*

[2 min max] Free Speech (you can talk about anything that you want!)

*If your native language is not Chinese, you can choose to have this question asked in English

30 minute writing sample

Choose between three different questions: either an analytical, practical, or creative question. You will be provided with 3 lined pieces of paper and a pen. The writing sample is handwritten.

Examples:

Analytical: Do you think parents should allow their children to make their own choices? Why or why not?

Practical: Your friend has asked to play a game they’ve never played before. How would you teach them to play?

Creative: Write a story that begins with the line, “All of a sudden, they realized they had made a big mistake…”

30-minute writing sample

Choose between three different topics: either an analytical, practical, or creative question. You will be provided with 3 lined pieces of paper and a pen. The writing sample is handwritten.

Examples:

Analytical: Do you agree with smoking bans in public places?

Practical: You’ve been asked to plan an event that shares something about your culture. What will you do and how will you get it done?

Creative: Write a story that begins with the line, “All of a sudden, they realized they had made a big mistake…”

Send your interview to schools

10, 5 or 3 business days* after your interview, your Spoken English Evaluation (SEE) score will be delivered to your online Vericant dashboard. Once it’s in your dashboard, you are able to:

  • Select which North American high schools you want to deliver your interview to
  • Send hearts to your top 3 schools to demonstrate your strong interest in them
  • Or… book and do another interview. (Note: Vericant partner schools choose to receive either the first or most recent interview. For some schools, once you conduct a second interview, you will not be able to send your first interview to them. Learn more here.)

*3-day or 5-day delivery available with upgrade. Read more in the FAQ here.

 

Vericant SEE

The Vericant Spoken English Evaluation (SEE) is only provided to High School applicants.

  • The SEE considers 5 categories essential to spoken English ability: Range, Accuracy, Fluency, Interaction, and Coherence.
  • SEE was developed alongside leading experts in ESL as a way to help assess not only knowledge of the English language, but also the ability to use it in real world situations.
  • Each Vericant High School Interview is given an SEE score report that includes the score and 3 points of qualitative feedback. To learn more about your SEE score, consider doing a Vericant Pre-Interview and purchasing a SEE Diagnostic booklet.

Vericant SEE

The Vericant Spoken English Evaluation (SEE) is only provided to High School applicants.

 

  • The SEE considers 5 categories essential to spoken English ability: Range, Accuracy, Fluency, Interaction, and Coherence.
  • SEE was developed alongside leading experts in ESL as a way to help assess not only knowledge of the English language, but also the ability to use it in real world situations.
  • Each Vericant High School Interview is given an SEE score report that includes the score and 3 points of qualitative feedback. To learn more about your SEE score, consider doing a Vericant Pre-Interview and purchasing a SEE Diangostic booklet.

Vericant Remote Interview

Same interview, over video call!

The Vericant Remote Interview is conducted by video call on Zoom or Zhumu. The structure of the interview and the writing sample are both the same as an in-person interview, but you will talk with your interviewer over video call. We do our best to ensure that the quality of your remote interview is optimal, but it may vary depending on your internet speed and device quality.

For more information, please see the Remote Interview FAQ.

Interview Tips + Resources

Download our “Top 10 Tips for University Interviews” here. Or, watch our introduction video to learn more about the interview process and what the interview studio looks like.

What do schools look for?

Watch our webinar with Boston University and Dickinson College about what schools look for in the interview.

Are you a teacher looking for more resources?

Vericant offers online and offline presentations to schools and organizations to help introduce the interview.

 

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Don't worry about what we want to hear. Prepare to be genuine, to talk about yourself. The reason why we find these interviews so helpful in the process is because this is our opportunity to get to know you and who you are. And there is nothing you can really do or say that will make us say, “Oh, you were looking like a good applicant but not anymore!” … We really just want to see what your personality is, what you are like, how you answer the questions.

Samantha Fifield

Associate Director of Admissions , Boston University

Are you ready to interview?