How to pass your Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview

This article explains how to pass your Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview step by step. The pre-admission interview is a Trinity College London requirement for all students.

What is the Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview?

If you have done your research, you already know that the Trinity College London CertTESOL is one of the world’s best two accredited TESOL certificates.

Trinity College London is one of the world’s largest educational organisations. It examines almost one million people a year in over sixty countries. Trinity ESOL and TESOL qualifications are recognised globally by prominent schools and employers as solid, quality controlled and professionally sound qualifications.

Trinity College London has high quality-control standards because of its worldwide reputation.

The first quality-control standard is the Trinity College London pre-admission interview process used to select people who want to take the Trinity CertTESOL.

What is the purpose of the Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview?

Trinity College London wants to make sure that:

  1. you have the right stuff to pass the course
  2. you fully understand what to expect when you take the Trinity CertTESOL course

Step 1 – apply to take the Trinity CertTESOL course

Your first step to passing the Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview is to apply to take the Trinity CertTESOL course.

Applying for the Trinity CertTESOL course usually means filling out an application form and sending it to the course provider.

Here is a sample list of the type of information you submit when you apply to take a Trinity CertTESOL course.

  1. Your first name
  2. Your last name
  3. Your birth year
  4. Your nationality
  5. What is your mother tongue (first language aka L1)
  6. What are your educational qualifications?
  7. Why do you want to take the course?
  8. Do you have any educational or physical special needs for your training?

Your application information must meet Trinity College London’s three minimum entry requirements. Unfortunately, you cannot take the course if you do not meet these three minimum entry requirements.

  1. You must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the course.
  2. You must have qualifications for entry to higher education (college or university level) in your home country. You must show proof of these qualifications.
  3. You must have a high English language competence in the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening. Your level must be appropriate for an English teacher and good enough to understand the course material and tasks. If English is not your first language, you should have an English level of C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in all four skills. In addition, you must demonstrate an acceptable English level in the pre-admission interview written task and admissions interview.

If you meet these three Trinity College London minimum entry requirements, your application proceeds to step 2.

Step 2- Pre-admission interview written task

Trinity College London requires everyone accepted to take a Trinity CertTESOL completes a pre-admission interview written task.

The task is handwritten. There is no fixed topic or number of words for the task. However, 200 to 300 words are acceptable. The topic depends on the course provider’s choice. However, it is usually something like “What do you think are the qualities of a successful language teacher and why are you a good candidate for the course?”.

The purpose of the task is to make sure that you can write with a pen without having something like Grammarly giving you corrective tips. You will not have Grammarly in a classroom, and at some time during your teaching career, you will need to write by hand.

This task proves to Trinity College London that you write legibly with a reasonable degree of accuracy. FYI, English language learners usually think that an English teacher who cannot write legibly, correctly and accurately is illiterate.

A special note for non-native English speakers

Part of your course acceptance assessment is based on your written task. At the end of the course, you can be failed by the visiting Trinity College external moderator who will interview you. For example, if the moderator decides that your standard of written English is significantly below what is required of an English teacher, the moderator can fail you. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take the pre-admission interview written task very seriously. Honesty is the best policy, so please do not cheat or get someone else to write it for you.

Step 3 – The admission interview

The admission interview must prove that you will be a good fit and cope with course expectations. If you are a non-native English speaker, the interview also checks that your English knowledge is good enough to take the course.

You must pass the admission interview to get offered a course place.

Trinity College does not have a fixed list of admission interview questions. Instead, Trinity College defines what must be checked during the admission interview. The pre-admission interview assesses the following:

  1. You can work cooperatively as a member of a training group
  2. You will respond constructively to feedback on personal performance
  3. You can work under pressure because the training is rigorous and demands time, energy and emotional stamina
  4. You must disclose any educational or physical special needs
  5. If the course you attend includes teaching practice with minors, you get asked if you have a criminal record
  6. You need to show a photo ID to confirm your identity

Here is an example of a set of admission interview questions.

  1. What are your work and educational backgrounds?
  2. What do you hope to get from the course?
  3. Are you interested in restricting yourself to an age group or a teaching discipline?
  4. What do you think are the qualities of a successful language teacher?
  5. What personal qualities would you bring to the classroom?
  6. The CertTESOL course is rigorous and intensive, so:
    1. Have you got any outside obligations?
    2. How will you cope with the workload?
    3. Do you have family commitments?
  7. You will work closely with your classmates and your trainer in many of the input sessions and teaching practice feedback.
    1. How do you feel about this?
    2. Can you work in a team?
  8. If you have any educational or physical special needs for your training, what are they?
  9. If you have a criminal record, what is it? (NOTE: you only get asked this question if the course you attend includes teaching practice with minors)

The admission interview result

You get informed (usually within two working days) whether or not you passed the admission interview.

If you fail, you get told about what you need to improve to get accepted. If you make the improvements, you are welcome to apply again.

If you pass, you enrol on the course.

We hope you pass your Trinity CertTESOL pre-admission interview and see you on a Trinity course.