AFS Exchange Program Selection (2017-2018)

Ever since Sunday, 21st May 2017, there’s only been one thought clawing at the back of my mind. My performance during the AFS interview. I know it’s a silly thing to think about.

“Move on! Get it done and forget it.”  — everyone, literally.

But, I’m not the type who moves on so easily. So, in this post, I will be mainstream and cliche and talk about my experience thus far in the AFS selection process, like so many other bloggers have done. ^^

And for those of you who are reading this in preparation of your own AFS selection test, then good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor. 😉


The first round dished us with a scrumptious written test.

An unimportant run-down: Way early in the morning, my super-supportive mom dropped me off at SMP Lab School Kebayoran, which is about 30-45 minutes from my house. The test was to take place from 7:00-3:00. But, karena ngaret, we only just began at about 9:00. Six of my friends from school were also taking the test that day.

In this round, you have to take a general knowledge test, an English test, and write an essay in Indonesian. In my opinion, the English test wasn’t that hard. One of my friends said it was like the English National Examinations (a.k.a. UN), but a little harder.

For the Indonesian essay, you could choose one of three topics, which were(oh, and I’m paraphrasing):

  1. Semboyan atau peribahasa dari daerah asalmu yang sangat bermakna bagimu. 
  2. Tulislah tentang dua keputusan terbesar dalam hidupmu dan bagaimana kamu mengatasinya.                                                                                                                          
  3. Dari semua masalah yang kini terjadi di dunia, apa menurutmu masalah yang paling penting, dan mengapa masalah tersebut penting bagimu?                                            

I chose the third one, and wrote about environmental decline (what an ultra-fancy way of saying pollution, eh? heheh). The title was “Keindahan Alam Yang Mulai Pudar”.

Finally, *drumroll please*, there’s the general knowledge test. This one was by far the hardest of all the three. The questions ranged from basic math problems to geography and time zones to the origin of the Tin Tin comic!

Here are a few questions I still remember:

  • Donald Trump merupakan presiden Amerika Serikat ke-?
  • Which of these is an incorrect fact about Brexit?
  • Apa arti dari lambang rantai pada Pancasila?
  • Apa pengurutan taksonomi hewan yang benar?
  • Where did Rio Haryanto start his racing career?
  • What is the capital of Panama?

So, yeah. That’s all I can remember, guys. I don’t think I was able to answer 50% of the General Knowledge test, but you know what?

Thanks to God, I made it through. And so did three of my friends from school. =)


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