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11+ Interview Questions and Answers: Academic & School

Should we give more help to students who are less fortunate?

I believe it’s very important that we try to help those that are less fortunate than us. I understand that I come from a privileged position, and therefore try my best to give back to others. If there’s something that I am already able to do, or if I somehow have an advantage, then I think it’s entirely right that a student who is less fortunate should receive extra help to make sure they have the same chances as me. 

What do you like about our school in particular?

I like the range of different focuses – the school is noted for being excellent at sports, music, and of course achieving very high grades. I enjoy all of music, sports and studying, so I want a school that allows one to excel in each area. From my brother, I’ve learnt a lot about the school and its culture – I know that the teachers spend a lot of time helping pupils, that pupils and teachers treat one another with respect, and that the school is progressive and forward thinking. In particular, I know that the football and rugby teams are excellent, and that they play on new pitches, with a new pavilion as well. I’m very excited to have the chance to play there! 

What makes a good school?

I believe that a good school is a positive environment for both students and teachers – one that they look forward to coming to. For the students, they should feel supported by both other students and by their teachers, and have a range of activities and subjects that interests them and lets them feel rewarded. There should be both team and individual activities – covering sports, music and other extracurriculars – and the teachers should be passionate about them as well as the students. Classes should be aimed at ensuring children understand, rather than just at passing exams. For teachers, they should feel that the students respect them and are grateful for the work that they do.

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11+ Interview Questions and Answers: School and Subjects

What is the main point of going to school?

I believe that the main point of going to school is to learn what you need to know to live your life. That means that you need to learn a range of academic subjects, from languages through to Science and Maths. Additionally, you should learn other skills as well – how to work with others and be respectful and kind, and how to treat others in general. You should learn general skills that are transferable, like how to use logic and reasoning, or how to debate a point. 

What’s your favourite lesson?

My favourite lesson is science. I really enjoy learning more about our world, and understanding how the things that we see or experience happen. In particular, I find biology to be very interesting – I like learning about animals and plants, and we’ve been able to do some human biology as well. Recently, I’ve been interested in the idea of becoming a doctor or vet, and I have found out that this requires being good at chemistry and biology. So far, we’ve been able to do some experiments in science which would be considered chemistry, and I’ve found them really interesting. I’m looking forward to doing more hands-on science work, and learning about the subjects as well. 

What piece of school work are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my research project, which I just presented to the rest of my year. We were told to research one particular area for a presentation. The presentation counted towards our score for drama and speaking, but also gave us time to research something that we were interested in. I chose the Wild West in America, which I find to be a fascinating time with lots of interesting people and narratives. I was very proud of my work, as I made an entire A1 size display, filled with information and pictures, and then gave a 10 minute presentation which was given an X, which is what we call A*s. 

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11+ Interview Questions and Answers: Knowledge and Views

Why is it important to keep up to date with politics and news?

It’s important to keep up to date with the news because we ought to know what’s going on in the world around us – that allows us to then read up more and begin to formulate opinions. That in turn means that we can debate with others, perhaps change their opinion or change our own, or even take steps to try and help others if it is within our power to do so. It’s important that everyone tries to keep up to date, and that they have access to unbiased, accurate reporting.

What is the difference between an area and a volume?

An area is one side of a shape – it’s two dimensional. For example, we might find the area of a square – which is multiplying one side by another side. This gives us an answer in centimetres squared. However, the volume is in three dimensions. We therefore take the area and multiply it by the depth of the square, to give an answer in centimetres cubed. For example, a 2 cm by 2cm rectangle would have an area of 4cm2. If it was a cube, with a depth of 2cm, then it would have a volume of 8cm3.

What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

Both of these are types of comparison. A simile is a comparison that uses the words ‘as’ or ‘like’, whereas a metaphor is a direct comparison without using these words. ‘He was as tall as a house’ is a simile, whereas ‘It was blood red’ is a metaphor. 

What is the difference between poetry and prose?

Poetry involves making particular decisions whilst we write – this could mean that we use a special rhythm, use particular types of language, or ensure that certain words or parts of lines rhyme. There are lots of different rules – one example is a rhyming couplet, when each set of two lines must be the same length and rhyme. On the other hand, prose is the simplest way of writing – it is how we would naturally write. Prose can be used for stories, essays, or anything else.

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