What will you say to your dream school?

Learn about the Vericant Interview

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 – 02:00 min] Introduction

[02:00 – 05:00 min] Picture Discussion

[05:00 – 08:30 min] In-Depth

[08:30 – 10:30 min] Study Abroad Question

[10:30 – 12:30 min] Free Speech (this is time to talk about anything that you want!)

30-minute writing sample

Choose between two different questions: 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 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 – 01:30 min] Introduction

[01:30 – 04:00 min] Picture Discussion

[04:00 – 08:30 min] In-Depth

[08:30 – 09:30 min] Chinese Question*

[09:30 – 11:30 min] Free Speech (this is time to 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 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…”

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 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.)

*5 day delivery available with upgrade

 

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 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 Zoom video call. 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.

Please note: The Vericant High School Remote Interview is only offered to students currently residing outside of Mainland China.

 

University Remote Interview Process

University applicants doing a remote interview will be asked to prepare and print some of the materials for their interview before the interview time.

1) Visit interview management page and download and print the confirmation letter and blank writing sample pages.

(Click here to download a blank writing sample.)

2) Download Zoom to your device (laptop or tablet with a webcam) and prepare a set of headphones with microphone capability.

3) Check your email you registered with for updates including your interview Zoom Meeting ID.

4) 15 minutes before scheduled interview time log into Zoom and join your meeting ID. Wait for your interviewer to join and give you further instruction.

5) Steps following the interview:

  • Scan your writing sample test paper yourself (or take a photo with your mobile phone). Please ensure that the contents of the written test paper (or photo) are legible, and then email the scans to us at global-interview@vericant.com.
  • If we do not receive your writing paper within 48 hours of the interview, your final writing result will be a blank page.
  • If you are more than fifteen minutes late to the interview and we are unable to contact you, it will be counted as an absence and the cost of the interview is non-refundable.
  • Please be aware that conducting an interview over the Internet may cause unforeseen issues with recording, e.g. connection issues, shortages, recording flaws, etc. Since we are committed to delivering quality work, a re-interview immediately following your initial interview might be necessary or can be scheduled for another day BEFORE your delivery date. Your last interview will be the final interview. 

1) Choose a location that is quiet and free from outside noise and distraction.

2) Choose a location that has a clean, non-distracting background.

3) Use a laptop or desktop computer to avoid awkward camera angles or shaking caused by unsteady tablet placement.

4) Use headphones that have a built in microphone and keep the microphone away from your hair and clothing during the interview.

5) If available, use an Ethernet (wired) internet connection. It is often more reliable than WiFi and can mitigate potential connectivity issues. 

High School Remote Interview Process

High School applicants who reside outside of Mainland China may choose to do a remote interview. In order to maintain security standards, students will be asked to visit a third-party office location to complete the interview. If no office location is available, students may opt to complete it at their current school. Students will not be allowed to conduct the interview from home.

 

For students outside of Mainland China, we arrange the Vericant High School Remote Interview at a secure professional office or school location near you. Please follow the steps below to schedule the interview. For more information or support (in English or Chinese), please contact us by emailing global-interview@vericant.com.

 

  1.  Fill out this form to let us know where you are located and when you are available to interview.
  2. We will reply to you within 1 business day with a suggested date, time, and location for your interview. Please reply directly to that email confirming the information or suggesting a different time if necessary.
  3. Once the location, date, and time are confirmed via email communication, a link will be provided to you to finish reserving your interview.

1) Visit interview management page and download, print, and sign the confirmation letter.

2) Download Zoom to your device (laptop or tablet with a webcam) and prepare a set of headphones with microphone capability.

3) Check your email you registered with for updates including your interview Zoom Meeting ID.

4) Arrive at the interview location with your confirmation page and photo ID 10 minutes before scheduled interview time. The office staff will help you locate your reserved interview space. Please log into Zoom and join your meeting ID. Wait for your interviewer to join the video call to give you further instruction.

5) Following the interview:

  • Give all interview materials (writing sample, confirmation page, and picture page) back to the office assistant (or your teacher if you are doing it at school).
  • If you are more than fifteen minutes late to the interview and we are unable to contact you, it will be counted as an absence and the cost of the interview is non-refundable.
  • Please be aware that conducting an interview over the Internet may cause unforeseen issues with recording, e.g. connection issues, shortages, recording flaws, etc. Since we are committed to delivering quality work, a re-interview immediately following your initial interview might be necessary or can be scheduled for another day BEFORE your delivery date. Your last interview will be the final interview. 

1) Use a laptop or desktop computer to avoid awkward camera angles or shaking caused by unsteady tablet placement.

2) Use headphones that have a built in microphone and keep the microphone away from your hair and clothing during the interview.

3) If available, use an Ethernet (wired) internet connection. It is often more reliable than WiFi and can mitigate potential connectivity issues. 

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?