I have just reserved an interview with InitialView, but, being a Brazilian applicant, I really don’t know what to expect from it. I know thousands of you have already done your interviews, so I was just wandering if any of you would be nice enough to give me any tips, explain me what to expect, etc. I am specially curious about the writing sample, since there is close to none information about it on the Internet…
CMU is the only college I applied to that required an InitialView interview. As I said, it has nothing to do with the traditional college interviews, since it’s mainly a means of evaluating your English communication skills (I really don’t know what the TOEFL is for then, but okay), and not related to the college at all.
Yes, InitialView is an oral interview in the same way you can have a job interview. The program was created by an entreprising group that saw there was a need for proctored, secured interviews (due to a number of applicants paying others to take the interview for them, or having people whispering answers to them, etc.) To answer your question skywalker, expect “tell me about yourself”, “why do you want to study in the US”, “why do you want to major in (subject)”, “why do you want to study at CMU”, “tell me about a book you’ve read/film you’ve seen”, etc. The questions in themselves aren’t difficult but they need to hear you formulate answers in English as if you were in an American classroom, and in an English-speaking seminar class. The answers need to be as developed and clear as possible.
Yes @T26E4 , indeed it is a for-profit organization, and it DOES include a writing sample. I am just interviewing with them since one of the colleges I applied to (Carnegie Mellon University) strongly recommends international students to do it, as they seldom offer any alumni interview opportunities to international students and want us to prove our English communication skills. So yeah, as a Brazilian applicant, I had no option but to schedule the interview (and pay $220 for it).
Regarding what @whatthewhat said, it has become pretty much a scandal the way how many unqualified international students make their way into US colleges, specially into the most prestigious ones. Students now learn how to game those tests and to earn scores that belie how limited their language skills actually are. In the case of the TOEFL, it’s just a matter of recognizing some patterns on the speaking section and memorizing speeches that can be used (and quickly adapted) for virtually any question. And on the SAT, we all know how similar the essay prompts are, and how easy it is to prepare some one-size-fits-all examples. Businessweek has a very interesting article regarding this topic on http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/magazine/content/11_20/b4228058558042.htm#p1 .
In addition to the English Language Proficiency details above, we will accept online results from the TOEFL and IELTS examinations from applicants for the Class of 2026 in order to be more flexible for international applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, TOEFL IPT Plus for China, IELTS Indicator.
If your first language is not English and your school curriculum is not delivered in English, we require you to submit an English proficiency exam score from the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge C1/C2. Most successful applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL exam, above a 7 on IELTS, and above a 120 on Duolingo. If you currently attend a secondary or post-secondary academic program conducted in English, then this testing requirement is waived.
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