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Saturday 22-Oct-2016
【信報:寄宿學校攻略】頂尖私校面試探視

話說英國一些頂尖私校如Westminster、Brighton College和Wellington College,近年都改變入學評核形式,包括將原本1小時的面試變為6小時。

 

6小時面試?香港家長一聽便如臨大敵,馬上四出撲補習班、面試班來應付這嚴峻的考驗。殊不知人家校方有此一策,正正為杜絕過度補習之風。愈來愈多知名私立學校認為,補習不能反映學生的真正能力,因此希望能找出方法把補習社操練出的「考試動物」篩選出來,摒諸校門之外。

 

香港學生,補習甚至都不是家常便飯,簡直是每日食糧,重要性與學校上課並駕齊驅。香港家長覺得,子女面試時應分分鐘嚴陣以待,表現出補習班、面試班為他們操出最fit狀態,英國學校故意將面試時間拉長,卻正想考生有時候適應放鬆,表現出最真的個性。

 

不少家長覺得,花錢讓子女參加補習班、面試班,便能包裝裝備自己,令子女更有優勢。Wellington College入學主任James Dahl卻曾表示,許多家長補習的錢是用不得其所。他說有經驗的老師,一眼便知你龍與鳳,補習社調教出來的學生無所遁形。如果學校覺得考核時學生表現出的不是真正的自己,考生所處的往往時劣勢而非優勢。

 

觀察社交能力

香港家長覺得,面試是為突出自己,特別是小組面試時,最好能做到群星拱照的畫面。Brighton College發言人說,延長面試時間,令考生有互動的機會,給老師機會觀賞他們的社交能力:「單單通過考試是不夠的,我們還希望招收到一些有愛心、能與同輩合作、有團隊精神的學生,因為我們的學生會參與許多社區活動,也會要求他們主動關心學校以外、社會上有需要的人。」

 

香港很多家長為求子女在面試有「出色」表現,還會四處打聽過往試題等,反覆為子女練習,務求令他們處處顯出有備而戰。許多英國私立學校為了讓考生在面試中露出真面目,卻無所不用其極,將面試時間大幅增長外,還增設Surprise環節,學生無法事前準備,考急才與執生技能。

 

總之,學校與家長之間,我有政策,你有對策,我再有反對策。不過作為家長,如果有心想送子女入這些名校,學校的策略他們卻真不可不察。

 

圖片來源:http://uk-stmichaels.kingscollegeschools.org/

原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1416047/

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