HAT; 2x interviews
Interview 1: Personal statement and discussion; Interview 2: Pre-reading discussion
Past papers and practise answering questions.
You have the right to be there, don't be nervous.
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.
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between interviews: They were on the same day
Length of first interview: 20 minutes; Length of second interview: 20 minutes
One interview was personal statement based, but largely ended up centering around a shared area of interest. They didn't expect much knowledge of every single thing in my personal statement. The other interview was all about a reading given before hand. Found this way more challenging, but that's not necessarily bad. Read it and make notes on your thoughts, but don't be surprised if you're led in a direction you didn't think of yourself.
I used past papers for the comprehensive multiple choice bit of the
Interviews: just try to sound passionate and try your best to answer any surprising questions thoughtfully, but also don't be scared to ask for a question to be repeated or clarified. Anyone who will practise an interview with you is good, you can give them a list of potential questions found online and even if they're not the kind that come up there's almost no such thing as a wasted interview!
The biggest surprise for me was learning that the interviewers are themselves really nervous! They want you to do the best you can! So don't think they're trying to trick you, they just want to see how far they can stretch your potential! Getting blindsided by