My Interview Experience

Teaching student Rebecca gives her steps to success

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Rebecca, who's studying teacher training in Newport, shares her experiences of the interview and gives her advice on how to succeed.


1. Why you need to attend

Although you must attend the interview to gain entry onto the course, for me it was very important to attend as it meant I could meet the people teaching the course. It allowed them to see me as a person and potential student instead of just a personal statement and application on a computer screen!

Attending the interview also gave me chance to look around the University again and gave me more perspective on what it would be like to study there.


2. Prepare your answers

I read the itinerary for the day and prepared the answers for questions that  I thought I might be asked. 

I prepared some answers and discussed these with my family and friends before the day. Doing this meant that I had a good idea of how I was going to interact with the academics and then on the day I could adapt my answers to what other people were saying during the discussion.

3. How to sail through the skills test

I knew that skills tests were part of the interview, so I did a bit of revision beforehand to brush up on my literacy and numeracy skills. 

Using online GCSE revision materials is a great way to prepare for the tests. There are also practice exams available online and I used some of these to familiarise myself with layout of the test and the types of questions I would have to answer on the day.

You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each test. The Numeracy test is one long test, whereas the Literacy test is broken up into three sections. You have thirty minutes to complete all three parts, and you can go back and check each answer before you click submit.

The tests are a way of assessing your strengths in literacy and numeracy. The primary teaching course requires a grade B in Maths and English so if you have these, you have nothing at all to worry about!