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WUS 7+ Interview

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MilansMum Thu 24-Jan-13 14:22:59

Does anyone know what sort of questions are asked at the WUS 7+ interview? What level of books do they have to read to the Master? What type of lesson do they participate in? Any answers would be most gratefully received as I don't know anyone who has been through the interview process at any competitive school in the UK. Many thanks.

Turniphead1 Thu 24-Jan-13 21:08:17

Hi Milansmum. Congrats to your DS. I don't know much about the lesson - but in general it's not much you can prepare for. The questions though do centre quite a lot on why they want to go to WUS and whether they are up for Colet Court. They tend to be asked about hobbies and perhaps something cultural - about musicians and artists (I was told this today and my DS would have no view on such matters!). All I am going to do is remind him to shake hands firmly, and look the Master in the eye. Oh and not mention that he really doesn't want to go to the School .... wink
Good luck!

posadas Thu 24-Jan-13 22:12:45

The objective of the interview is to try to get to know the boys -- if your son's main interest is football, the questions will probably be about football; if his interests are cultural, the questions will probably be cultural -- ie the questions will be designed to try to explore the "depth" of interests, whatever those interests are. They're also designed to try to see how original the boys are, how they think about unusual or unexpected topics, etc. As Turniphead said, you can't prepare, other than to try to encourage your son to relax and enjoy the experience.
By the way: Don't worry about questions about why your son might prefer WUS over another school. Most of the boys will be taking exams/having interviews at other competitive schools and many receive multiple offers. A parent I know a few years ago was nervous because he'd been told the schools try to figure out what is your top choice and only give offers if they think THEIR school is your top choice. In my experience/observation, this is not true. The schools want to get the boys they think will thrive in their school and they give offers to all who meet their criteria, regardless of whether they think they're also interested in "another" school.
Good luck!

Turniphead1 Thu 24-Jan-13 22:42:47

Thanks Posadas!

TennisMom Fri 25-Jan-13 14:15:50

Posada, from your experience, is the order of interview telling? In other words, do the tend to bring in boys most likely to get an offer earlier?

The interviews are spread over 2 days. Is it first day 1 group and then second day 2 groups?

Any other insights into the interview process in terms if interview order? There must be some underlying thoughts here. Much appreciated.

TennisMom Fri 25-Jan-13 14:18:23

Posada, from your experience, is the order of interview telling? In other words, do they tend to bring in boys most likely to get an offer earlier?

The interviews are spread over 2 days. Is it first day 1 group and then second day 2 groups?

Any other insights into the interview process in terms of interview order? There must be some underlying thoughts here. Much appreciated.

MilansMum Fri 25-Jan-13 18:51:43

Thanks so much for sharing your experience Posadas. Very helpful. We are just trying to relax over the weekend as there is obviously not much to prepare, which is a relief after the assessments. Good luck everyone.

GoLadyEdith Sat 26-Jan-13 10:00:06

No personal experience of WUS but dd went to NLCS at 7+. There were 3 interview dates lined up. Afterwards a parent with older dds told me they interviewed the strongest candidates on day 1, middle band day 2 etc. perhaps WUS has a similar system.

TennisMom Sat 26-Jan-13 10:29:27

GoLadyEdith, thanks for your insights of NLCS' process. I was told of something similar by another WUS mother. This makes sense.

TennisMom Sat 26-Jan-13 10:36:11

MilansMum, what time is your interview on Tuesday? We are trying to determine how many groups they are assessing on Day and Day 2. We are Day 1.

Turniphead1 Sat 26-Jan-13 10:51:28

Tennismom - we are in at 11am on Tuesday. Is Tuesday day 1?

TennisMom Sat 26-Jan-13 18:07:44

Yes, sorry, I meant to say "Day 1 and Day 2" above. Tuesday is Day 1.

posadas Mon 28-Jan-13 10:11:36

I don't have any insights into the meaning of different interview times. Probably best not to try to "read the tea leaves" and just help your sons be as relaxed and "natural" as possible.

Turniphead1 Tue 29-Jan-13 22:01:24

Hope anyone who went in today was happy. My DS seemed to enjoy it. Will they definitely wait until Friday to send out letters do you think?

middlesqueezed Tue 29-Jan-13 23:28:54

Glad he enjoyed it - best of luck smile. My current year 3 boy said they were all "Sooooo cute". In my experience they normally do wait until Friday, but send all the letters then so you should get it on Saturday morning.
Surprised not to see any 8+ WUS parents posting here. Are there none?

TennisMom Thu 31-Jan-13 07:43:29

My DS had a good time on Tuesday and was very happy coming out. He said they were taking turns telling jokes at the end while waiting for the parents.

Now that the last group is finished with interviews yesterday, the anxious wait begins until Saturday. My experience is that it will be a thin envelope one way or another so don't get initially discouraged if you receive a thin letter in the post box.

Good luck, everyone!

TennisMom Thu 31-Jan-13 07:45:00

Turniphead1, have you revisited the commute issue from North London in case DS is accepted?

Turniphead1 Thu 31-Jan-13 08:59:23

Tennismom. It's still very much an issue for us - but like everything it is doable.

If he gets accepted it will be down to two schools and we will need to be as certain as we can that the disadvantages to him, longer school day, less local friends, not at school with siblings, and to us (the extra travel logistics etc) are outweighed by the extra special quality of the education he would get there.

It's so hard to know what is the "right" school for your boy.

In some ways the easiest thing is if the decision is made for us on Saturday wink.

If its a yes on Saturday I would really appreciate speaking to anyone who has a son there currently. But let's worry about that then.

Good luck to all.

Turniphead1 Sat 02-Feb-13 08:47:41

I have no idea when the post comes on a Saturday. Oh for the days when it was 8am. wink

middlesqueezed Sat 02-Feb-13 09:37:28

Good luck all!

TennisMom Sat 02-Feb-13 11:37:02

Any letters yet? We won't be home to get the post until later.

Turniphead1 Sat 02-Feb-13 12:03:41

Good news here. grin
Decision time ...
Good luck Tennismom.

anxiousdaddy Sun 03-Feb-13 17:03:27

DS sat for CC and WUS. We decided today to accept CC . Good luck everyone.

Turniphead1 Sun 03-Feb-13 18:03:42

Including Anxiousdaddy I know of two boys taking CC over WUS which might be good news for anyone on the reserve list.

Well done to your DS.

anxiousdaddy Sun 03-Feb-13 21:18:26

DS is really into maths but was disappointed that there's no featuring of it at all in WUS interview. In sharp contrast with CC, he was challenged in maths by both the HM and the group session, which he really enjoyed. That's a deciding factor we chose to go with CC. The chance for parents to meet with HM in person with CC also weighted in our final decision. Hope we made the right choice for DS. Love to hear your views too.

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