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.
Application outcome: succesfulPool
Interview type: directInterview
2x interviews (c. 45 mins each)
AS-level History topics
Wish I'd considered college choice more; no extra-curricular interest in interviews
Reading over personal statement books; practice interview
Take time over your answers
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.
Remember this advice isn't official and there is no guarantee it will reflect your experience. 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.
Read our subject resource guide for History. Keep an eye out for new interviews, we are adding them daily.
2 interviews in one day, each lasting roughly 45 minutes. The interviewers did not expect me know the answers to everything and deliberately challenged me by suggesting new theories or schools of thought I hadn’t come across. They looked for an ability to consider new information, take time to think it through and then form an opinion.
I was given a time and place for each interview where I was quizzed extensively on my AS level history topics and the books I had mentioned in my personal statement. Since there was no test, the interviews were very important. I was interviewed by two
Because I studied them at school, we discussed the civil rights movement, WWII and James I!
I wish I’d known about
Also, I was surprised that nothing extra curricular was mentioned.
Read over the books I’d mentioned in my personal statement and had a mock interview with a teacher at school.
Take time to think about the question and be confident in your answer!
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