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Anyone been asked in for interview at Epsom College further to Computer Test??

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Lucy1234567 Wed 23-Jan-13 09:31:15


Lots of chat on here about Trinity, Whitgift, RGS! but has anyone been called in for interview at epsom college yet??

JohnnyT Wed 23-Jan-13 09:53:41

Nothing yet -- though could not get slightest hint from DS on how he actually did.

Lucy1234567 Wed 23-Jan-13 10:32:53

All looked white as sheets when they came out - not a positive experience from anyone I know!

St Johns did exact same computer test but with written maths and english paper followed by short interview. A bit more of a rounded evaluation rather than an hour on a computer.

JohnnyT Wed 23-Jan-13 10:56:22

My DS is at St Johns today -- if he's as perplexed as Epsom's I think he's going to need something to take his mind off this whole process! Thankfully this is his last test.

Lucy1234567 Tue 29-Jan-13 21:34:42

First Epsom college interview letters are out !!

JohnnyT Tue 29-Jan-13 22:35:00

Wow -- thanks for letting us know Lucy. The format was so new to my DS I have absolutely no idea how he did -- might have totally bombed it. Did your DS apply for any scholarship programs (I'm asking because my DS did not so wondered if interviews for potential scholars first would be conducted first.)

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Wed 30-Jan-13 00:01:12

Got letter re interview for DS yesterday. He has not applied for a scholarship.

I got the impression from the various letters we have had that not all those who pass the test get an interview, only those who are borderline, and that those who get the highest marks get a straight offer without interview. I may be wrong, though.

Was surprised DS is even borderline TBH, as his comment on coming out of the test was "well, I've definitely failed that"!

Timestables Wed 30-Jan-13 06:58:53

My DS sat the test last year . I only know of one boy who was interviewed. At this stage day places are scarce they interview for marginals and can offer a boarding place with a day place waitlist. Epsom is not the top choice for many sitting and so there will be lots of movement and opportunities later . The school asked for a hefty deposit very early on which does cause a lot of people to turn down places .

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Wed 30-Jan-13 09:02:02

Two others at DS's school being interviewed as well that I know of. May be more, haven't spoken to all parents of boys who sat.

Lucy1234567 Wed 30-Jan-13 09:47:27

Think you apply for scholarship later on in the process - the year of entry - so no not applied!! DS not got intervew letter but some of his friends have.

Lucy1234567 Thu 31-Jan-13 13:46:16

got letter yesterday morning - such a rollercoaster.

JohnnyT Fri 01-Feb-13 11:29:02

My poor DW just found out that other boys in DS' school have interviews at Epsom (damn coffee mornings!). I heard that boys in either the categories of no chance / highly likely don't usually have interviews. Is it just wishful thinking that having no interview could still mean an offer is possible? My son found the test so different from others that getting an average score seems unlikely.

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Fri 01-Feb-13 12:44:38

As far as I can work out interviews are for those who are borderline and they want to get a bit more info on them - maybe test them a bit more on areas they were weak on in the test. So I guess that would mean that the rest (ie the definite no's and the definite yes's) will get no further information until the final letters come out in Feb.

I agree it is a very stressful way for the school to handle things. I wasn't too impressed by the way they dealt with the boys for the test either, as DS and pretty much all the other boys sitting from his school came out very unhappy.

JohnnyT Fri 01-Feb-13 13:50:21

Carrots: I'd have to agree that while I understand the goal of making the test fair good for lazy people like DS and me that didn't prep enough, it seems to be a bit random. Not being able to go back and revise an answer, having a different format from all other schools, etc seems to add an element of stress and randomness. Of course if my DS did well, I'll change my tune quickly!

Timestables Sat 02-Feb-13 07:37:40

My DS sat last year - the results across his year were as expected . No real shocks or surprises . Very few interviews last year as you were either accepted in a day place , offered a boarding place ( even although you may not have applied ) or rejected .

JohnnyT Tue 12-Feb-13 09:26:44

Anyone receive any decision letters from Epsom yet? It wasn't too clear for me which day they were being mailed out -- something about it being this week?

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Tue 12-Feb-13 10:04:24

Not received letter yet. At interview we were told it would be sometime early this week so not very specific.

JohnnyT Tue 12-Feb-13 10:20:42

Thanks Carrots -- fingers crossed!

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Tue 12-Feb-13 10:29:32

Lets have a wine or two while we are waiting!

JohnnyT Tue 12-Feb-13 10:44:43

Absolutely! And undoubtedly another few wines after the good or bad news...

absolutmum Tue 12-Feb-13 12:27:58

I would like to join the nailbiting, postman stalking team please? wine cheers!

JohnnyT Wed 13-Feb-13 17:11:57

We got some good news re: DS on St Johns. I mention that in this forum since the same computer test was used in both places. My DS is curious how he did on the exam (at this point all I can do is sigh in relief.) Was anyone planning on asking Epsom for exam feedback or have you received any exam feedback? Needless to say, fingers crossed and best wishes to everyone...

absolutmum Wed 13-Feb-13 18:39:31

Apparently the top 20 at Epsom have had their letters already.

CarrotsAreNotTheOnlyVegetables Wed 13-Feb-13 20:11:46

DS has also had fat envelope from St Johns, Johnny, so he is a happy little bunny! grin Well done to your DS.

Nothing yet from Epsom, but I am pretty sure he was not in the top 20!

JohnnyT Wed 13-Feb-13 23:23:51

Safe bet my DS is not top 20 either! Though DS doesn't do many things in half measures so I figured he did OK or completely blew the test (hence no surprise no interview at Epsom was requested.) Congrats to Carrots and your DS!

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