Upgrade to remove ads
Phillips Exeter Academy Interview Questions
Terms in this set (52)
What are your hobbies?
I like to read and ride my bike.
What is your favorite genre of books?
I really like fictional books. I like historical fiction as well, like the I Survived series.
What is the last book you read?
"Lord of the Flies" is the last book I read. It is a really nice book and the vernacular gives a realistic touch to it.
What does vernacular mean?
Vernacular is when the spellings of words are changed to accommodate the character's accent.
What is your favorite book?
"Lord of the Flies" is my favorite book. It has a nice storyline and I like the vernacular.
What is the storyline of the book?
A group of boys are on a plane, which gets shot down over the Pacific Ocean. They are stranded on an island and have to struggle to survive.
What do you like about the storyline of the book?
I like the struggle and emotions caused by it. How they are forced to work with each other or sometimes even against each other.
What is your greatest/weakest strength in your opinion?
I would say my greatest strength is my positive attitude. In instances of failure, I maintain a positive attitude, learn from my mistakes, then complete my work successfully. If you don't admit you made a mistake you will never learn from them.
My weakest strength is my critical attitude towards myself. When a grade for a test comes out, even though I get a good grade, and everyone is telling me I did a good job, I keep thinking I could have done better. I get sad sometimes, but it keeps me motivated to do better.
What other schools have you applied to?
Phillips Exeter is my first choice.
We are also thinking about applying to Phillips Andover Academy and Winsor School for Girls.
What if you don't get into these schools?
I am very confident that I will get admitted into Exeter. Phillips Exeter is the place for me. I have good grades and the right attitude for success.
How do your parents feel about you applying?
My parents are very supportive and stand by my decision. They are confident and very hopeful that I will get into Exeter. We're all on the same page.
What are your grades like?
I have A+s in all my classes.
What clubs would you like to join?
You have so many clubs here. At ASD, I am a member of Student Council. I have been elected grade representative 3 years in a row. I have been doing many activities. I am interested in some of the clubs, but once I know more about them I can make a decision.
What is your passion?
My passion is Science and Math. I love Biology & Human Anatomy. I participated in an event, from Science Olympiad called Anatomy and Physiology and ranked 5th in the state.
In TSA, I competed in an event called "Medical Technologies" at a national level. I got 9th place in the country for an invention called Ticked Off.
What is "Ticked Off"?
Ticked Off is used to sense ticks on a person. It can be used whenever you want to use it. It is in the form of a wand. You know, at the airport how they have the metal detectors at security which they use as wands? You wave it over your body and it senses a protein called Salp 15 that is present in only ticks and not on any surface in the human body.
What's an average day of school for you like?
I arrive at school around 8:00. My first class starts at 8:15, os that gives me time to prepare for the first class. I have 8 total periods/blocks in this school year. Two periods are required to be Study Periods, where I can get my homework done. I have six courses Advanced Biology and Chemistry, Spanish I, Geometry Honors, American History, Literature and Writing, and Computer Science. I also have some after-school activities like meetings for Student Council and First Lego League.
What do you do after-school?
Depending on what day it is I have various after-school activities to go to. On Mondays and Fridays I have swim practice, which normally goes till 9:00. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have gymnastics practice, which also goes till 9:00.
What sports do you do? Do you like those sports?
I'm on a gymnastics team. I go to Nasha School of Gymnastics. I'm on a swimming team for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua. I do like these sports. Swimming is relaxing and gymnastics gives me good focus. I have been swimming since I was 4 years old. I have been doing gymnastics since I was 6 years old.
What sport is your favorite? Why?
I like swimming because it is relaxing and I get to have fun with my friends.
Since we don't offer gymnastics, how are you going to continue competing gymnastics?
Brentwood is near Exeter and I know a good team in Brentwood, Gymnastics of Brentwood Commons, so I will go there to compete for their team maybe 2 days a week.
How are you going to get there from your dorm?
On the few days in a week I have practice, I will have my Mom pick me up and drive me to practice.
What's your favorite subject? Why?
My favorite subject is Science. Specifically Biology, Chemistry, and Math. I like Math because it is very challenging and I like to be challenged. I like Biology and Chemistry because it's all about Human Anatomy and I am interested in going towards the Medical Field.
How many siblings do you have?
I have no siblings. I am an only child.
Who do you live with?
I live with my Mom and Dad in Hudson, NH.
What do you do for fun?
I read books, hang out with my friends, ride my bike with friends around the neighborhood, and watch CNN with my family and we discuss current events
Do you feel like you are a leader?
Yes, I think I have a personality to influence and mentor my peers. I can steer my classmates and friends in a positive direction.
Are you going to stay in a dorm?
I have never stayed in a dorm before, but I would like to. If I stay in a dorm on campus, there will be many opportunities for collaboration with other students.
What will you contribute to the community/campus?
At my current school, I have been a member of the Student Council for the past two years.
You have a lot of activities here and after understanding the functions of each, I will decide which to participate in.
Why is a boarding school a good fit?
A boarding school is a good fit because I love collaboration. At a boarding school, you are constantly surrounded by those who you study and work with and it gives you more time to collaborate.
Could you handle the work?
Of course I can. I currently go to ASD and my coursework and curriculum is very demanding, that is where I have learned to effectively manage my time and improve my organization skills. That will help me at Exeter and not just that with my positive attitude and willingness to learn I am sure that I can handle any aggressive study schedules.
What do you do in instances of failure?
I keep trying, I don't give up. I try to understand what went wrong. I learn from my mistakes.
Can you give me an example?
In first grade, I was going to take a qualifying test for a math team. My problem-solving skills were weak, so I didn't get selected. Then the next year I got practice books and worked hard to improve my problem-solving skills and took the test again. I got into the math team, then I scored 2nd place in the school earning a silver pin. Since then, I have made it a point that if I make mistakes, I learn from them and never make the same one again.
Have you taken the SSATs?
I have taken the SSATs, but it was for practice. I will take another one to improve my score in December.
I wish to get an excellent education in a beautiful location with access to top-quality facilities, travel opportunities. Exeter has a huge variety of sports and an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages interdisciplinary teamwork.
I want to be challenged, to make lasting friendships, to learn in an environment where learning is paramount and so that I can pursue academic, social, athletic and community service opportunities that wouldn't have accessible in one place elsewhere.
I choose Exeter because I want to be with other people who love learning, and I want the chance to travel abroad and take classes like advanced science and math.
I am a big believer in helping each other to succeed, which is one of your mottos, non sibi, and strengthen us as one community and I have been consistently doing so, in my years of grade representative in ASD for last 3 years.
It's a high school with a ton to offer academically, a beautiful setting, and faculty who seriously care about teaching and about their students.
Phillips Exeter also has the largest high-school library in the world.
Phillips Exeter has developed the well-known and effective method of teaching, called Harkness Table, where students are seated in a large, oval configuration to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with on the required amount of guidance from the teacher. The main goal of this method is to encourage students to come up with their own ideas, learn a good reasoning, and discussion skills.
I am excited to absorb as much as Exeter has to offer and I can take, to instill such fine qualities/practices in me, to succeed in life.
What difficult situation has your family faced?
None that I can remember.
What would you do if you had a week to do anything you wanted?
If you could choose to be a famous person, who would it be?
If I could choose to be a famous person I would choose to be Florence Nightingale. She founded the first nursing school for girls. Even though I want to be a doctor, any medical advancement is an advancement for us all.
What are your academic/educational goals for the next 4 years?
I want to learn and grow as much as I can.
What are your goals, and how are they different from your parents' goals for you?
My ultimate goal is to be a doctor. I love learning biology and learn human anatomy. My parents are very supportive of me and want me to be successful in what I do.
What is more important to you: learning, or getting good grades?
It is more important to learn. You can get good grades without fully understanding the material and just memorizing it. Or you could learn and understand the material, just not get good grades.
If you had a day to do anything at all, what would you do?
Can you tell me about a personal achievement?
I went to TSA(Technology Student Association) Nationals. I placed 9th in the nation for Medical Technologies. I demoed my invention called "Ticked Off".
Can you tell me about a challenge you overcame? What did you learn?
When I was in first grade, I took a qualifying test for the math team. I didn't make the cut because my problem-solving skills were weak. Then the next year, I got practice books and practiced a lot. I took another qualifying test and made the math team. By the end of the year, I placed 2nd in the country with a score of 22/25, earning a silver pin.
If I spoke with your teachers, what would they tell me about you?
My teachers would say that I am a leader, I participate a lot in class, my work is thorough and is highly appreciated.
What is the most important thing to know about you?
I'm a hard worker and I am always determined to accomplish the goals I set for myself. I am not afraid of failure. I never give up.
What makes you unique?
What did you do last summer?
Last summer we made a family trip to Mumbai, India, to visit family members. We also did some sightseeing, we saw Taj Mahal, India Gate, Raj Ghat and few other places in New Delhi.
What do you do best?
Tell me about your family.
I am an only child. I live with my parents. My Mom is an Architect, working for United Healthcare Group, and my Dad is also an Architect working for Disney.
How does your family feel about you attending a boarding school?
Have you ever been away to camp, or away from your family for a long stretch of time?
I have never been away from my family for a long stretch of time, but I have been away from them overnight when I have sleepovers with my friends.
Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself that we haven't talked about already?
THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH...
uncommon SSAT words 1
SSAT roots, suffixes, & prefixes
USNA Interview Questions and Answers
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...
Counseling Interview Questions
ВСЕ БИЛЕТЫ ХАХА
Bard interview questions
OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR
Unit Five English 10 Vocab
Unit Four English 10 Vocab
Unit Three English 10 vocab words