2x 20 min interviews, 1 day apart
Interview 1: problem-solving questions, chemistry question; Interview 2: problem-solving questions, image
Reviewed A-levels; Googled interesting things; had some practice interviews. Ask questions; don't be afraid to say you don't know.
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.
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between each interview: 1 day
Length of interviews: 20 minutes each
1st interview: I sat down around a large table with two young
2nd interview: This was hosted in a different college than the one I was staying in. It was in a small office with three sofas in, which I found bizarre and informal for something that felt like such an important moment. There were two older male
I didn’t really prepare much apart from making sure I was fairly solid on my A Level content. Also, I had been reading science news for the last ~6 months, and doing some Googling on what I found exciting and interesting. Also, I made sure I really knew about what was in my personal statement, in case I was asked any questions on it.
I had a couple of
The interviews were broadly more enjoyable than I expected, as in some ways they were just an exciting discussion about biochemistry. I think the interviewers wanted to try and go beyond what I had learned - as I’m sure many people can regurgitate an A Level textbook - and then to try and use those concepts to think further outside of the box.
My advice would be to ask questions- it’s a discussion, and this also shows your enthusiasm. Also, don’t be afraid to say you don’t know the answer. Try and suggest any ideas you might have, but if you want clarification, ask for it.