Kindergarten Interview Training

Reception/ Kindergarten


What do schools look for?

Schools usually look for children who demonstrate good cognitive, linguistic, motor and social skills. Children are also assessed on their ability of concentration and independence in a school setting.

During the interview, children are asked to attend both group observation session and one-to-one session with the teacher. For example, in the interview of CIS, children are asked to leave their parents and  enter interview rooms in which group activities (making play-doh) and individual assessment take place. Children communicate with the teachers in their mother tongue. They also take part in physical activities such as climbing the stairs and skipping.

Here are some common tasks during the interview:

Following simple commands

Children are asked to follow simple commands such as raising their hands and cleaning up. 

Answering questions about a story

After reading the story, the teacher will ask the children to recall details of the story. For example, the name of the characters. 

Identifying numbers, colors, letters and shapes

Children are presented with picture cards and are asked to read them out in English and Chinese. 

Drawing and colouring 

Children are asked to draw a picture and describe it. It can show  how well the children express themselves.

Reception/ Kindergarten Interview Trainings Courses


Our training session will cover the following:

  1. Cognitive skills
    • Know one’s name, age and gender
      Identify and name basic colors and shapes
      Recognize alphabets
      Understand the concept of counting
      Understand the concept of time, such as yesterday, now, later
      Sort objects
      Remember parts of the story
      Pay attention to teachers’ commands; follow three steps commands
      Alphabets (repeated above)
      Know how to clean up and where things belong
  2. Linguistic skills
    • Ability to respond to questions in full sentences fluently and coherently
  3. Fine Motor Skills
    • Write alphabets and numbers
      Write one’s name
      Handle small objects?
      Complete puzzles
  4. Social Skills
    • Take turns
      Co-operate with other children
  5. Cope with separation anxiety in an unfamiliar environment