3x interviews (30-40mins each), 1x Maths test (45-60 mins), 1x Physics test (30 mins).
Interview 1: Maths; mechanics and graph plotting questions; Maths Test: can't remember - possibly answered 2 or 3 questions; Interview 2: Maths; related to Maths test; Physics Test: answered one long question in multiple parts; Interview 3: Physics: Physics test, further technical questions, EPQ
Revise A level content; mock interviews; past STEP papers; Googling past questions
Assuming you enjoy Maths and Physics, relax and enjoy the questions. Show you are interested.
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.
I stayed overnight beforehand and got a free breakfast in the college. I had 3 interviews and 2 tests. My first 2 interviews were mathematical, with the second one based around the test; the last was for physics and based on the test. There were 2 interviewers in each, I think. They were all technical interviews, with some discussion of my
Between interviews I sat in the
Maths Interview 1: We discussed a mechanics question that was quite complicated but based on A level content, and a graph plotting question with the modulus function. I made a sign error but the lead interviewer was nice and asked about it but said it was ok.
Maths Test: I don't remember much, think I answered 2 or 3 questions and tried 1. There was a range of topics.
Maths Interview 2: We went over the test and the interviewer went through some of the other questions with me. There was some question about mechanics needing integration which I hadn't yet studied but the interviewer helped me through it.
Physics Test: It was a question about a pulley with friction in lots of parts. I can't remember if there was just 1 question or we only had to answer 1.
Physics Interview: We talked a bit about my
It was important to be up to scratch with all the A level content we'd done so far. The most useful thing was definitely doing
It's obviously not this easy but try and relax in the interview - you probably actually quite like maths/physics and the questions you're being asked should be interesting, so try and enjoy it and make it clear you're interested in what you're doing.