A few weeks after submitting your application file, you will receive an email indicating whether or not you have been invited for interview. This email will include practical details regarding your interview and further information.
What to expect during this interview?
The interview is designed to assess your academic potential and your ability to learn, think independently, adapt and engage with new ideas. You might be asked about a mathematics problem, be invited to discuss the different aspects of a physics exercise or have a conversation on a scientific publication. Whatever form the interview takes, we are looking for qualities such as perseverance, enthusiasm and creativity. Keep in mind that many questions are designed to test your ability to apply logic and reason to an idea you may never have encountered before, so don't worry if the interview is about a topic that you haven't covered yet. Feel free to ask questions during the whole process!
All courses of the Bachelor program being taught in English, applicants must be fully fluent in English. If you are shortlisted, your English level will be evaluated as well during the interview, which will take place in English.
What does the interview include?
The interview is conducted via a videoconferencing app. It lasts 50 minutes and is entirely in English. It is separated in two parts:
- 25 minutes of mathematics questions mainly about your high school curriculum;
- 25 minutes of scientific culture knowledge and motivation questions.
During the whole interview, your English level will be tested. To best prepare for the interview, we recommend studying your High-School Mathematics curriculum and to keep up with what is happening in the Science world right now by reading news, research papers, studies, etc.
Need some help to best prepare for your interview? Watch our best tips for your interview!
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French to English vocabulary glossaries for the oral interview
Two of École Polytechnique's Cycle Ingénieur Polytechnicien program students have created for Bachelor program candidates two vocabulary glossaries from French to English to help you prepare your oral interview: one in Mathematics and one in Physics. We thank Anthony Guillen, X2016 and Ayman Idrissi-Kaitouni, X2016 for their great work!
Have a look at the vocabulary glossaries:
Ecole Polytechnique is launching a MOOC to best prepare Secondary Education students for Higher Education. (In French only)
From November 6, 2017 to December 18, 2017, École Polytechnique, partnered with FUN MOOC, is lauching a MOOC called "Mathématiques : préparation à l'entrée dans l'enseignement supérieur" (Mathematics: how to best prepare for Higher Education). This MOOC will only be available in French. This is a great opportunity for French-speaking candidates who wish to prepare for the oral exam for the Bachelor program.
To find out more and to enroll, please click here.