Kaplan Test Prep SAT Teacher Interview Questions

Updated Mar 31, 2015
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    Test Prep Teacher (G-MAT/GRE/SAT/ACT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Houston, TX) in January 2015.

    Interview

    It was a really drawn out interviewing process. First, I had to send in my SAT and ACT scores to prove that I'd scored in the 90th percentile and then they asked if I would be willing to take a practice GRE provided by them since they were in need of GRE tutors. I didn't do well on the mock GRE, probably because that was the first time I'd ever even seen a GRE. But moving forward, I was considered as an applicant and I had to submit a teaching tutorial (which goes by realllllyyy fast). It was a 2 minute teaching sample and I was given the questions beforehand. Then, I had a Skype interview with a Kaplan employee in New York. Very professional, the interview went well and it was overall a great experience. Followed by that, I received a call from the hiring manager in my area and she also asked me a few questions followed by me asking her questions about the job. All in all, the process took me about 2 months but that's only because the hiring manager was out of town for a week and then when it was up to me to schedule my Skype interview, I wasn't available for another week and half. Really, the process would've taken about a month without all the delays.

    Interview Questions

    • How I would respond in certain situations. Ex: An unhappy student/customer   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, set rate.

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    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    First step is to record yourself (using a link emailed to you) teaching a sample problem. Within a couple of days they asked me to schedule a Skype interview. This was one on one and involved about an hour of teaching sample questions followed by a discussion of strengths and weaknesses and potential improvements. The next day I heard back about scheduling a phone interview with the local Faculty Manager. That interview took less than ten minutes and was mostly a discussion of the job, rather than a traditional interview. I received the offer about 30 minutes later.

    Interview Questions

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    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in July 2014.

    Interview

    All paperwork and interviews will be done online. The whole process took me about a month before I started training.

    Initially, you will be required to submit a recorded video "audition" via Kaplan's hiring website. Next there will be a "technical interview," where you will be given a few prompts to choose from, and you will present one of them to a staff member via Skype. After presenting, the staff member will give you feedback, and you will be expected to try again, this time using their suggestions.

    Next you will have an official interview, also via Skype, as most employees work remotely (i.e. not in NYC). This is a more traditional interview, asking more personal questions and details about your background. Only after that can you expect to receive an offer letter.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question that I had to answer was simply why I was qualified to teach the SAT/ACT even though I'd never taught before.   Answer Question
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    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in June 2014.

    Interview

    These people are too full of themselves. This process is unnecessarily long. First, they have you teach two lessons and record it. (They are very simple, but it's a bit silly to do with any kind of visual aids with the math because it looks backwards in the camera). They contact you almost immediately,and the fun begins. They check your SAT scores, have you fill out mindless paperwork, and someone talks to you for about an hour. Then, you get passed along to someone else. I would say this person is higher up, but she certainly didn't look it to me. They asked to talk at 8pm or so, and the lady looked like she was about 70 and in her housecoat. She wasn't in a very professional location (her bedroom maybe) and wasted my time with inane chit chat that was not relevant to the position or even to building rapport. My guess was that she was trying to assess my level of commitment to family and other obligations and thinking she was a mind ninja (probably a lot of turnover, so they want to make sure you will stay and will be available). Then, she wants you to do a lesson with her (super fun having her pretend to be 14). After that, you do or do not get an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were pretty boilerplate. Don't expect too many tricks.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I was put off by the general process. It's a $20/hr job and they acted like it was a job with the State Department. I went with a different SAT company, a more modern company that does not have 70 year old ladies in housecoats.

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    SAT Teacher/Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Providence, RI) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I followed a link from linked in to the job application site, where I uploaded my resume and cover letter. The same day I received an email from an HR person requesting confirmation of my test scores. My math score was a little too low, so she invited me to take the "Turbo Test," Kaplan's online version of the SAT. Math scores were still low, but the HR person said Kaplan was still interested in bringing me on board just to tutor English. She sent me a separate email inviting me to record an audition I had five days to prepare and upload a 4-minute presentation of me delivering the solution to a simulated SAT question. I passed that wicket and a day later received requests for a background check, another online application with references, as well as directions on how to schedule a technical interview. I did the technical interview a few days later -- I talked with another Kaplan instructor through an Adobe chatroom, who asked me to present two SAT problems (I knew the problems ahead of time), as well as some typical personal interview questions ("Tell me about a time you had to ask for help," or "What is the last book you read?"). I felt pretty confident at the end of the interview, but I was not offered a position.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared to evaluate yourself after presenting each problem -- what did you do well, and what would you change? Also prepare yourself to teach to the most basic level possible . . . be able to explain where a formula comes from, for example.   Answer Question
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    SAT Teacher/Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Sacramento, CA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    After submitting an application, I was emailed the next day by a talent recruiter. I then submitted an audition video. A few days after, I was told to schedule an interview with the manager. There was a wait of 2 weeks because she was on vacation. The interview was fine and the questions were fairly standard. I then had to prepare for another audition except this time, the audition was live via video feed. Other questions followed the audition. I submitted to a background screen and my references told me they were asked to fill out a form. I was informed the next morning after my references returned their forms.

    Interview Questions

    • Not many difficult questions. They do ask "hypothetical situation" questions such as how you would interact with a disinterested student or what would you do if the classroom is locked.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Kaplan Test Prep.

    Interview

    First, you have to record an audition, which makes sense since you have to prove that you can teach. After that you're notified for an interview, which was done on Skype. The questions were pretty basic, like what are you passionate about and what makes you qualified to be a great teacher. That only last about 25 minutes. There were a lot of questions about availability and comfort level with class size and travel to teaching locations. Then, a third online interview called a "technical evaluation." This was still online, for a teaching position in a classroom of live students. But was assigned four questions. Didn't end up having to do them all and a lot of questions that amounted to how much would you really care about the job and how committed are you?

    Interview Questions

    • If you had a student who was really struggling with the material and was ready to give up on the class, how would you respond to that student?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Worried about having to follow a certain curriculum and didn't know if there would be freedom to do what you know is best with the class.

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    Test Prep Teacher (G-MAT/GRE/SAT/ACT Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Boulder, CO).

    Interview

    There were some emails leading to a videoconferencing screening, with 5-6 of us... where we taught something for 2 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • It's been a while since this happened, so I don't actually remember. The topics for us to teach were shared in advance though, so they would not be ground-breaking.   Answer Question
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    ACT/SAT Teacher and Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Chicago, IL) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Pretty rigorous. Though it all happens online, expect to have to prove that you can teach these tests. You'll be tested, you'll present a live/online teaching presentation, too. You have to make it through that. And, once you pass the interview, you'll have to make it through weeks of online training, too. If you don't, you won't get a position.

    Interview Questions

    • The live/online teaching presentation was tough for an inexperienced teacher. You'll get a subject to present and you'll be judged on how well you do it.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    This isn't a negotiation. It's a flat hourly rate for beginners.

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    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vienna, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep (Vienna, VA) in September 2009.

    Interview

    Fill out application and give a 5 minute presentation on how to do something (non-academic)

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotation

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