ENGAA; 2x interviews
Interview 1: Reviewing answers to problem sets; Interview 2: Discussing new subject-related concepts
Practice papers - useful for time management
Show your teachability and dedication to your subject
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Test taken: Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews: 1 hour
Length of first interview: 20 minutes; Length of second interview: 20 minutes
We firstly had to sit a physics and maths style test, then the first interview was sitting with the interviewer going through the answers with you straight after you had taken that test, focusing on the ones you had completed and were more confident on first.
The second interview involved talking through a different type of concept applied to my existing A-Level knowledge; we were trying to talk through different ideas for that concept.
There was no mention of my personal statement or my application in either interview.
I believe my preparation did make a bit of difference, especially with time management on the ENGAA assessment.
The interview test wasn't meant to be revised for and I don't think that if I had done any preparation for that, that it would have helped at all, given the questions were in a different sort of style to anything else I'd seen before, designed to push you.
I think my expectations were that I'd be grilled on my personal statement and asked about that to no end, so I was surprised to find that they didn't do that at all.