Medicine @ King's, Cambridge in 2017

Interview format

BMAT; 2x interviews

Interview content

Discussed current affairs in medicine from A level perspective

Best preparation

Use past papers, review A level content

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts


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.

Interview Format

Test taken: BMAT

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: no

Time between interviews: 1 hour

Length of interviews: 45 minutes

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

We discussed books I had read that were mentioned in my reference, current affairs in medicine, genetics, drug action, pathology - approached from what I knew from my A level knowledge. I was asked to draw a graph, to find the connection between images, and propose mechanisms. I relaxed slightly over time but found the experience terrifying as I felt like I didn’t know much - don’t worry as this is normal and they aren’t testing your knowledge, only how you learn and process information.

How did you prepare?

To prepare for the BMAT, I worked through the past papers available online

For the interview, I prepared by reviewing my A level biology and chemistry notes, and keeping up to date with the news by reading journals and BBC health. I don’t think it’s possible to prepare to a greater degree than this, other than reviewing your personal statement and reference and making sure you’re familiar with everything you’ve mentioned.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

Looking back, what advice would you give to your past self? Nothing to add