At-interview translation test; 3x interviews
Interview 1: Text-based discussion; Interview 2: Subject-related discussion; Interview 3: Subject-related discussion
Know your vocab, your grammar, and your personal statement!
Try to stay relaxed
Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.
Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.
Test taken: At-interview translation test
Number of interviews: 3
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews 1 and 2: unsure; Time between interviews 2 and 3: a few hours
Length of first interview: around 45 minutes; Length of second interview: around 45 minutes; Length of third interview: around 45 minutes
In my first interview, which was a language interview, I was given a passage of Latin text to look over and then discuss with the interviewer. This was a relaxed interview, staged very much like a class, where I learned as much as I showed about my knowledge.
The second interview was the main interview at Jesus College. This one was more intense as it was a longer discussion, very much like a
Finally my third interview was a few hours later at Murray Edwards (it's standard for potential Classics students to be interviewed at two colleges) and this one was very relaxed
In order to prepare I made sure I could talk about everything on my personal statement - although I was never asked about any of it - and I revised grammar and language points for the exam and language interview. I revised vocabulary and grammar points the night before, and the morning of, the translation exam.
I think the most important thing I learned from my interviews is that they were easier than expected and I felt like I was better the more relaxed I was. Of course I was still incredibly