5 FAQ’s on selection day 

Typical ESP students have a lot if questions, so you do not have to worry if you have many questions! Our programme coordinator, Bas Moed, will answer the five most frequently asked questions related to the selection day. Please find the answers below!

#1 What are my chances?

“If you are talented, motivated and know what physiotherapy and ESP entails, you stand a very good chance of getting into our programme. In numbers: the last few years, we had around 250 to 300 applicants per year directly after the application deadline. Each year, between 150 and 200 students completed all the necessary steps and documents and have been invited to the selection day. For class 2022 (scheduled to start in August 2019), we will select the top 120 students. Motivation and dedication are the most important characteristics of successful ESP students.”

Be honest and share your story. It is ok to say that you are not still 100% sure and you have questions for us too!

#2 Is it going to be a long day?

 “Well, the selection day is comparable to the ESP programme. It very intense, but quite short compared to other programmes 😉 Depending on the group colour assigned to you, the two components (two interviews of 8 minutes each and exam of 60 minutes) will be done within 3 or 4 hour window, so be prepared for some waiting time in between.”

 

#3 What questions will I get during the interviews?

“The interviews are done by two independent ESP lecturers that will interview you on several aspects that are relevant for prospective ESP students. The categories of questions are motivation, teamwork, communication and planning.”

Selection Day via Skype

To accommodate non-EU students, we have reserved 60 slots of selection “day” via Skype. The interviews will be of the same structure, yet via Skype and done in the weeks prior to the selection day. The written exam is offered on the actual selection day, yet as a “Skype” exam, with many student assistant in our Skype control centre as online proctors. A huge organization, yet very important to serve students from every part of the world!

#4 How can I prepare for the written exam?

“According to last year’s interviews, you should brush up your anatomy and physiology to understand the terminology. As the written exam is about three topics (Anatomy, Biomechanics and Physiology) that we provide a text with, you don’t need to have any pre-existing knowledge. The exam is constructed in such a way that you will be able to get the full score if you can quickly (there is time-pressure) read and understand a piece of text and answer multiple choice questions within the set 60 minutes. No sample exams or other preparation material is available for you, but for inspiration and advice, you can check our selection day video on Facebook. From the analysis of the last couple of year, we can do see that the students that have done well in the exam (and therefore also high in ranking), will perform well during ESP (compared to other students).”

“The written exam contains texts about three topics and the questions are about these texts, so you don’t need to have any pre-existing knowledge.

#5 What should I wear during the selection day?

“Some students have come to the interview in suit and tie, but we are just looking for professional appearance and personal hygiene. As a physio working with patients, you need to have the same appearance so that’s what we are looking for.” 

Try to talk to current students because they can just cheer you up and also share positive vibes.

What not to do?

“Don’t overdo it. It’s ok to be honest and explain your are not 100% sure about something. Also, remember that you can only leave a first impression once. Whether it’s a job interview, meeting your family-in-law for the first time or having an ESP interview via Skype, be humble and professional…” 

Still need more answers?

“Be confident and tell us who you are. Your life experience is often already very inspiring for us to hear about. Scroll through other blog posts, especially the sneak preview post to find even more inside information! The last advice is from students (Tereza and Alice) for students and listed below”

  • Sleep well and come with some good energy.
  • Be yourself, try to be calm and not stress out, because the whole selection day is a really nice experience.
  • Try to talk to current students because they can just cheer you up and also share positive vibes.
  • Be yourself, do not try to compete with other participants but focus on yourself and show the best what’s inside you.
  • Be honest, share your story, why did you chose the school and it is ok to say that you are not still 100% sure.
  • If you are honest, natural and say the truth it makes you special anyway.
  • Don’t be afraid to be curious and ask about anything you don’t understand because it can save you many points or even prevent failing due to misunderstandings.
Alice

Student from Italy, Class 2019

Tereza

Student from Czech Republic, Class 2020

SNEAK PREVIEW

Get a nice impression of the setup and content of our first semester. The sneak preview post will also give you advice on preparation for the written exam of the selection day!

It is always a pleasure to organize our selection day as we get to see many motivated applicants that all want to become world-class physios!

Bas Moed

Program Coordinator

Interested? Motivated? Ready for an international physio adventure?

If yes, then we are looking for you! Apply now and get selected for a start in August 2020! Submit your application now as the application window is open from October 1, 2019 until January 15, 2020. 

ABOUT US 

This blog is managed by faculty and students of the European School of Physiotherapy (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences). Our programme is intense, our students are amazing and this blog is meant to give you a feel of the athmosphere and student identity!