Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment; 2x interviews
Interview 1: physics problems, personal statement; Interview 2: maths and geometry problems
Mock interview with a Physics teacher
Stay as calm as possible
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.
Test taken: Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews: less than two hours
Length of first interview: 20-30 minutes; Length of second interview: 20-30 minutes
The first interview focused mainly on a few physics problems that I was asked to work through. From there, additional questions were asked about the problems and a bit of a discussion built up. I was then asked about an essay I had written and mentioned in my personal statement. Finally I was asked questions about some of the option modules I said I was interested in taking during the course.
My second interview was more maths based and I was asked to sketch various functions I had not seen before. Then I was given some harder geometry problems to try.
I used past papers and questions on Isaac Physics. The most useful preparation was a
The best advice I can give is to try to be as calm as possible in the interview and don't work yourself up before hand. I found myself