1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for subject preperation. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.

2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and, like any conversation, they can be highly personal.

Modern and Medieval Languages | King's College | 2016

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Interview details

Application outcome: Succesful - Direct offer
Interview type: Pre-Christmas Interview

Interview format

2x interviews (+ 30 mins reading time for each), 1x test

Interview content

Reading; gap year; specific interests

Advice in hindsight

Make a plan because it can be hectic on the day

Best preparation

Reading; practicing speaking

Final thoughts

Don't think about it afterwards too much

Something missing?

1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for knowledge. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.

2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they can be highly personal.

The Cambridge application has changed in recent years to reflect the new A-Level system. Check the official Cambridge website for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests. Remember this advice isn't official and there is no guarantee it will reflect your experience.

Read our subject resource guide for Modern and Medieval Languages. Keep an eye out for new interviews, we are adding them daily.

Interview Format​

Interview, assessment, interview (1 interviewer in each interview, half an hour reading before each interview)

Interview content

Mostly about my reading, how I planned to spend my gap year, my specific interests.

Advice in hindsight

Everyone was much more chill than I expected. It's a very hectic day so be prepared to rush around and try to find out where things are, and have a bit of a plan re food as well.

Best preparation

Final thoughts

Make sure not to think about it after it's done and there is nothing else you can do, you always focus on the bad points but actually there are plenty of positives to focus on too.

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