CAS interview Questions

G10 1st Advisee Meeting: September/ October pre-IB

This is an informal meeting. Record on MB is optional.

Compulsory CAS questions:

  • Do you know what C, A and S stand for?
  • What are the seven learning outcomes? 
  • What long-term CAS service will you do in G10?
  • Give me some examples of evidence that you can upload to Managebac. 
  • Describe an example of good reflection, and an example of a weak reflection.

G10 2nd Advisee Meeting: January pre-IB

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Expectations:

  • Please meet Advisees individually
  • 10-15 minute discussion, followed by 5 minutes for the student to record thoughts as a “Note” in Managebac

Aims:

  • student joined a CAS Service in October – what are they doing and how are they finding it?
  • discuss what the student enjoyed/felt they did well in the December CAS Weeks
  • discuss ideas for improvement of the CAS Weeks and what the student might like to do in July
  • review the student’s first efforts at entering evidence and reflection. Give feedback and guidance so that they can be more efficient and effective communicators on managebac by IB1

Record of the Interview (completed by student & teacher at the end on Managebac):

  1. Please ask the student to write a short summary of their thoughts (5-8 lines) as a “Note” at the bottom of their CAS page in Managebac. 5 minutes immediately after the interview and before the student leaves should be sufficient.
  2. The Advisor can then copy it into their own “Note” on the student’s CAS page on Managebac, and tick “Record as Interview Note”. 
  3. The Advisor can (if they wish) add their own feedback and advice, especially if concerned that the student may not be “on track” with CAS.
  4. If the Advisor is concerned that the student may not be on-track, please mark as a “student of concern” with a red flag. The CAS Leader will then also know that they need to follow-up with the student.

Examples of suggested questions (choose a few)

1. CAS Service:

  • Which CAS Service program have you joined?
  • Can you explain what CAS Service means to you and give some examples of good CAS service experiences?
  • What are the aims of your particular CAS Service (e.g. Chicken Soup/Mother’s Choice) and do you think they are worthwhile?
  • What have you found most challenging/learned most at your CAS Service?
  • What would you like to get better at, at your CAS Service?

2. CAS Weeks:

  • How did you plan your CAS weeks? How did you choose your experiences?
  • Can you explain what CAS Activity means to you and give some examples of good CAS service experiences?
  • Can you explain what CAS Creativity means to you and give some examples of good CAS service experiences?
  • Please show one example of a CAS Learning Outcome that you think you addressed in an experience during your CAS Weeks?
  • Please show one example of evidence that you have uploaded to Managebac and explain how it addresses one of the CAS Learning Outcomes.
  • Please show one example of a reflection that you have uploaded to Managebac and explain how it addresses one of the CAS Learning Outcomes.
  • What have you enjoyed most during the CAS Weeks?
  • What do you think you have learned most during the CAS Weeks?

G10 3rd Advisee Meeting: July pre-IB

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Expectations:

  • Please meet Advisees individually
  • 10-15 minute discussion, followed by 5 minutes for the student to record thoughts as a “Note” in Managebac

Aims:

  • review of G10 CAS: what has gone well and can be built upon, and what could have gone better/would the student like to get better at
  • CAS Service: October-Easter – review and reflect
  • July CAS Weeks – review and reflect
  • discuss ideas and plans for G11 CAS (need to plan to start in September of IB1)

Record of the Interview (completed by student & teacher at the end on Managebac):

  • Please ask the student to write a short summary of their thoughts (5-8 lines) as a “Note” at the bottom of their CAS page in Managebac. 5 minutes immediately after the interview and before the student leaves should be sufficient.
  • The Advisor can then copy it into their own “Note” on the student’s CAS page on Managebac, and tick “Record as Interview Note”. 
  • The Advisor can (if they wish) add their own feedback and advice, especially if concerned that the student may not be “on track” with CAS.
  • If the Advisor is concerned that the student may not be on-track, please mark as a “student of concern” with a red flag. The CAS Leader will then also know that they need to follow-up with the student.

Examples of suggested questions (choose a few)

1. Review of G10:

  • What have you learned from G10 CAS?
  • What has been your most enjoyable/challenging/rewarding CAS experience in G10 and why?
  • What are the strengths of your G10 CAS portfolio? What would you like to get better at?

2. Managebac:

  • Please show one example of a CAS Learning Outcome that you think you addressed in an experience during your CAS Service/July CAS Weeks
  • Please show one example of evidence that you have uploaded to Managebac and explain how it addresses one of the CAS Learning Outcomes. 
  • Please show one example of a reflection that you have uploaded to Managebac and explain how it addresses one of the CAS Learning Outcomes. 
  • What have you found most challenging about recording CAS experiences in Managebac in G10? How do you think you could get better?

3. Planning for G11 and the start of the IB Diploma CAS Portfolio:

  • Starts in September of IB1 (cannot include any experiences from the summer holiday)
  • Do you have any ideas for your CAS Project in G11? Which CAS Strands (C/A/S) will it address? Which Learning Outcomes will it target?
  • What long-term CAS experiences would you like to undertake in G11? Which CAS Strands (C/A/S) will it address? Which Learning Outcomes will it target?
  • Can you develop any of your G10 CAS experiences for G11?
  • Which of the CAS Strands do you find most difficult of C/A/S? How do you think you could plan to address it?
  • Which of the CAS Learning Outcomes do you think is most difficult to target and why? How do you think you could address it?

G11 1st Advisee Meeting: September IB1

This is an informal meeting. Record on MB is optional.

Expectations:

  • Advisor to meet Advisees individually
  • Advisor can select questions that you think will be of most interest (usually 3-4 questions)

Aims of the first CAS interview:

  • gauge the student’s understanding of CAS
  • find out the interests of the student
  • discuss the student’s plans for CAS experiences
  • review the learning outcomes of CAS, ensuring his or her understanding and seeing how the student might achieve these outcomes
  • ensure the student is aware of ways to gather evidence of CAS
  • student understands the need for regular reflections (not just deadline chasing)

***Students should bring their CAS Plan to the interview***

CAS Questions to be asked (Based on the submitted CAS plan)

  1. Teacher select up to three CAS experiences in the CAS plan and ask the student to illustrate the creativity, activity, and service element in each experience to ensure they have a good understanding of what can be count towards CAS.
  2. Which of the three strands (C/A/S) do you think is the biggest challenge to you? How is it a challenge to you?
  3. How are the requirements of a CAS project differ from normal CAS experiences? Do you already have a CAS project in mind? If yes, what is it about?
  4. Point out at least one of the CAS experience that is done outside of the school.
  5. Using one of the CAS experience as an example, address how the learning outcomes that you have selected will be achieved through this experience.
  6. In what form are you planning to update your evidence and reflections? How often are you planning to update your reflections for the short and long term experiences?

Examples of questions that can be asked (choose a few)

1. To check understanding of the aims of CAS:

  • Do you have any questions or concerns about CAS?
  • What are C, A and S?
  • Which aspect (C/A/S) of the programme excites you the most? Which aspect seems most challenging?
  • What do you hope to achieve from CAS?
  • How do you think your CAS programme will enable you to challenge yourself grow? How do these areas of growth apply to the attributes of the IB learner profile?
  • What have you learned about the CAS stages (initiation, planning, action, reflection and demonstration) , and how can the stages help you in CAS?
  • How will you plan for an equal distribution of CAS strands across your CAS experiences?
  • What organizational and time-management strategies do you have in place to ensure that CAS remains an ongoing focus of your IB journey?

2. Student interests:

  • What are your main interests? How can you incorporate these interests into your CAS programme?
  • What do you enjoy doing after school? Could this be part of any CAS experience?
  • What are your personal goals? How could they be achieved through CAS?
  • What do you expect to gain from CAS? What do you hope to accomplish?
  • How can you advance your skills and talents through CAS?
  • What school, community or other groups or teams are you already involved in?
  • Have you had any previous experiences that you would view as CAS?
  • How could something you do currently (for example, swimming) be made into a CAS experience with new opportunities to add skills and meet challenges?
  • What do you think your role could be in effecting change for the better?
  • What issues of local significance concern you most? How could you address these in your CAS programme?
  • How do these local issues also have global significance?

3. Student ideas and plans:

  • What would you enjoy doing for creativity? Activity? Service?
  • Have you made any plans for creativity? Activity? Service? For each, what are you hoping to learn or do you have skills you want to develop?
  • Have you researched any groups that you could become involved in for any of the CAS strands? What are you doing to expand your options?
  • What ideas do you have for a CAS project? Are these ideas worth developing for a month or more? What additional ideas do you have or backup plans if this is not viable?
  • Who will you work with for your CAS project?

4. CAS Learning Outcomes:

  • What are the learning outcomes?
  • Can you tell me about the learning outcomes in your own words?
  • In your CAS Plan, how have you planned to address these learning outcomes?
  • What learning outcome can you do most easily?
  • What learning outcome will be most challenging?
  • Which learning outcomes will you address in the first six months of your CAS programme?

5. Evidence and reflections of CAS:

  • Have you thought of how you will keep evidence (and the types of evidence) that you are engaging with CAS and are meeting the CAS outcomes?
  • How often do you need to update your CAS portfolio?
  • How will you reflect on your CAS experiences? Are there any preferred ways you like to reflect? (Note: The student may require suggestions or examples to develop a more diverse approach to reflection.)
  • How can you keep track of your plans and meeting the learning outcomes through your portfolio?

G11 2nd Advisor Meeting : January IB1

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Expectations:

  • Advisor to meet Advisees individually
  • Advisor can select questions that you think will be of most interest (usually 3-4 questions)
  • 15-20 minutes discussion, followed by 5 minutes for the student to record thoughts as a “Note” in Managebac

Compulsory CAS Questions to be asked

  1. Check for time gaps and hours balancing between C/A/S (no more than +/- 20 hours between strands). If there is any time gaps or imbalance, ask the students to explain about it.
  2. Check for whether the student have been uploading reflections and evidence regularly for each CAS experience. Change the CAS experience status to COMPLETE if all items are done.
  3. Which area(s) do you find most challenging in CAS? How is it a challenge to you and how did you overcame/plan to overcome this challenge?
  4. Describe the details of your CAS project, including the objective, who to collaborate with, which strands, duration, current progress in terms of the CAS stage, etc.
  5. What have you learned through CAS experiences as of now which can be applied into your daily life? List an example of how it is being applied.

Record of the Interview:

  1. Please ask the student to write a short summary of their thoughts (5-8 lines) as a “Note” at the bottom of their CAS page in Managebac. 5 minutes immediately after the interview and before the student leaves should be sufficient.
  2. The Advisor can then copy it into their own “Note” on the student’s CAS page on Managebac, and tick “Record as Interview Note”. 
  3. The Advisor can (if they wish) add their own feedback and advice, especially if concerned that the student may not be “on track” with CAS.
  4. If the Advisor is concerned that the student may not be on-track, please mark as a “student of concern” with a red flag. The CAS Leader will then also know that they need to follow-up with the student.

G11 3rd Advisor meeting: July IB1

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Expectations:

  • Advisor to meet Advisees individually
  • Advisor can select questions that you think will be of most interest (usually 3-4 questions)
  • 15-20 minutes discussion, followed by 5 minutes for the student to record thoughts as a “Note” in Managebac

Aims of the mid-way CAS interview:

  • discuss the student’s progress/engagement with CAS
  • discuss progress of the student’s CAS Project (should be completed by August before G12)
  • has the student been updating CAS evidence and reflections regularly in Managebac
  • Opportunity for the student to reflect verbally on his CAS progress
  • Highlight students who are at risk of falling behind with their CAS portfolio

Record of the Interview:

  1. Please ask the student to write a short summary of their thoughts (5-8 lines) as a “Note” at the bottom of their CAS page in Managebac. 5 minutes immediately after the interview and before the student leaves should be sufficient.
  2. The Advisor can then copy it into their own “Note” on the student’s CAS page on Managebac, and tick “Record as Interview Note”. The Advisor may wish to add their own feedback and advice, especially if concerned that the student may not be “on track” with CAS.
  3. If the Advisor is concerned that the student may not be on-track, please mark as a “student of concern” with a red flag. The CAS Leader will then also know that they need to follow-up with the student.

Examples of questions that can be asked (choose a few)

  1. Check for time gaps and hours balancing between C/A/S (no more than +/- 20 hours between strands). If there is any time gaps or imbalance, ask the students to explain about it.
  2. Check for whether the student have been uploading reflections and evidence regularly for each CAS experience. Change the CAS experience status to COMPLETE if all items are done.
  3. Which area(s) do you find most challenging in CAS? How is it a challenge to you and how did you overcame/plan to overcome this challenge?
  4. Describe the details of your CAS project, including the objective, who to collaborate with, which strands, duration, current progress in terms of the CAS stage, etc.
  5. What have you learned through CAS experiences as of now which can be applied into your daily life? List an example of how it is being applied.

1. Achievements:

  • What has been most enjoyable and beneficial for you thus far in CAS?
  • What has been a highlight of Creativity? Activity? Service?
  • What do you hope to achieve from CAS? How can you do this?
  • When have you investigated, prepared and taken action so far in creativity, activity and/or service, or with your CAS project?
  • What have you developed for your CAS project—your goals, who are you collaborating with, whether the project involves creativity, activity and/or service, your roles and responsibilities, and your progress to date?

2. Challenges in the CAS Program:

  • What have been the biggest challenges for your CAS involvement, and how have you overcome them?
  • What difficulty has been hardest to overcome? Where might you need support at this time?
  • Have you ensured an equal balance across the three CAS strands? If not, how will you rectify this?

3. Evidence of CAS:

  • What have you learned from your involvement in CAS?
  • How have you used reflection to gain insights or understandings?
  • In what ways have you especially enjoyed and learned from reflecting?
  • Do some of your reflections include the four elements—what happened, how you feel, ideas and questions?
  • Can you describe a situation where reflection happened very naturally and easily? Did you have a guided reflection opportunity that was helpful?
  • Does your collected CAS evidence show ongoing CAS involvement? Are there ways in which this could improve?
  • In what ways have your CAS experiences, including your project, assisted you in achieving one or more learning outcome?

4. Verbal reflection

  • Outline a skill that you have strengthened or developed from engaging in a CAS experience.
  • Explain something that has happened in CAS that provoked some strong emotions (“I was really excited when …”; “I was sad when …”; “I was really happy when …”).
  • Choose a learning outcome and discuss your evidence of achieving it, and what stands out as most significant and memorable.
  • Five years from now, describe what is likely to stand out as a highlight from CAS.

G12 1st Advisor meeting: September IB2

This is an informal meeting. Record on MB is optional.

Compulsory CAS questions:

1.     Have you been regularly uploading reflections and evidence and reflections to Managebac during summer holiday? If you have not developed a habit to regularly uploading, what will you do in G12 to make sure that you do?

2.     Have you completed your CAS project? If not, what stage are you at? When do you aim at finishing it? Have you considered the schedule of university application?

3.     Tell me 1-2 long-term CAS that will sustain your CAS update till the end of the 18 months. How will they fit into your schedule? 

4.     When do you expect your “peak time” to be in G12? How will you maintain your CAS updates?

5.   Show me a good example of evidence/reflection on managebac and explain your choice.


G12 2nd Advisor Meeting: January IB2

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Compulsory CAS Questions:

1.     Have you met all the seven learning outcomes?

2.     Have you completed your CAS project? If not, what stage are you at? What obstacles have you met? Can you suggest any modifications to your CAS project would make it more manageable? What kind of help do you need to complete your CAS project soon? How will you get help?

3.     Tell me your plan for CAS from now till the end of the 18 months. Do you think it fits well into your upcoming schedule? What challenges do you expect? What solutions do you suggest?

4. Do you see any imbalance among C, A and S, and the 7 learning outcomes? How will you make up for that in the last few months of your CAS?


Record advisor comment and student ideas directly in managebac.


G12 3rd Advisor meeting: April IB2

This is a formal meeting. Record on MB is needed.

Expectations:

  • Advisor may consider meeting Advisees in groups of 3-4
  • Advisor can select questions that you think will be of most interest (usually 3-4 questions)
  • 15-20 minutes discussion, followed by 5 minutes for the student to record thoughts as a “Note” in Managebac

Aim of the G12 CAS Completion Celebration:

  • reflect on personal growth from multiple perspectives: 
    • enjoyment
    • personal awareness and development
    • achievements and challenges
    • Understanding of the wider world
    • how this experience might impact future choices and actions
  • self-evaluation – what has been beneficial for you? 
  • what CAS-like activities might you like to continue or try at university?

Record of the Interview (completed by student & teacher at the end on Managebac):

  1. Please ask the student to write a short summary of their thoughts (5-8 lines) as a “Note” at the bottom of their CAS page in Managebac. 5 minutes immediately after the interview and before the student leaves should be sufficient.
  2. The Advisor can then copy it into their own “Note” on the student’s CAS page on Managebac, and tick “Record as Interview Note”. 
  3. The Advisor can (if they wish) add their own feedback and advice, especially if concerned that the student may not be “on track” with CAS.
  4. If the Advisor is concerned that the student may not be on-track, please mark as a “student of concern” with a red flag. The CAS Leader will then also know that they need to follow-up with the student.

Some ideas of questions to prompt discussion (choose a few):

Evidence from CAS

  • What has the role of reflection been in your whole CAS programme? Describe an example of how your experience with reflection has been helpful and memorable.
  • Would you consider using something similar to a CAS portfolio in future?
  • In what ways has the process of reflection and collecting evidence of your CAS experiences helped you develop the attributes of the IB learner profile? 
  • If you were starting CAS again, what would you do differently?

CAS learning outcomes

  • How did you improve and develop your planning skills?
  • What did you learn about yourself and others?
  • What have you learned through working in collaboration with others?
  • What abilities and skills did you develop most significantly in CAS?
  • Did CAS help you to consider issues of global importance? How?
  • What qualities did you discover and develop? What areas for growth were evident?
  • What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?

The Future

  • What advice do you have for G10 and G11 students regarding how to make CAS enjoyable and meaningful?
  • Five years from now, what do you think you will remember most about your CAS programme?