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.

Human, Social and Political Science | Homerton College | 2018

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Interview details

Application outcome: succesfulDirect
Interview type: directInterview

Interview format

AHAA; 2 x interviews

Interview content

Interview 1: politics, seen reading ; Interview 2: social science, unseen reading

Advice in hindsight

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Best preparation

Practice papers!

Final thoughts

Refresh pre-reading knowledge and keep up to date with politics

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.

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 Human, Social and Political Science. Keep an eye out for new interviews, we are adding them daily.

Interview Format​

Test taken: Arts-Humanities Admissions Assessment (AHAA)

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: No

Time between interviews: 1 Hour

Length of interviews: 20 minutes each

Interview content

I had one politics and one social science; I knew this prior as I had looked the interviewers up on LinkedIn. In both we talked about aspects in my personal statement - not books but original personal examples I had of anthropology in action.

I had unseen reading for one interview and seen reading for the other (30 minutes reading beforehand). I felt relatively relaxed because as a post A level student I knew I was intelligent enough to get in so really this was a test of character. The room was an office and I had a comfy sofa allowing me to show a relaxed posture.

Advice in hindsight

Best preparation

I did 2 of the 3 practice papers, and was only able to do 1/8 questions. This was the case in the exam too, but clearly that one question was the one for me!

Final thoughts

I had a mock interview with two teachers unrelated to my subject and unaware of the Oxbridge process. The best thing was to look at current events for Politics and have all my pre-reading and research at the front of my mind.

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