2x 30-45 min interviews; 45 min apart
Interview 1: graphs/molecules; Interview 2: text given before
Practice papers; "Think You Can Think?" book
Advice from teachers for harder questions; never just say "I don't know", try to show how you think
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: about 45 minutes
Length of interview: 30-45 minutes
I was really nervous in my first interview. The
This (first) interview was split into organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry and for both they gave me graphs/molecules to look at and discuss. A lot of this interview was about building upon A-level knowledge and trying to push me further. I don't think I got a single question right the first time, but letting them see how I thought and where I was getting stuck was enough for them to see my problem-solving abilities.
My second interview was significantly more relaxed, but that was mostly just because I felt so much more comfortable having got one interview out of the way. In this interview, I was given 15 minutes of pre-reading time in which I studied a sheet teaching me topics which I had never really seen before. The content of my interview was then the tutors teaching me content and asking me to apply it. It really allowed them to see what having me in a
I completed all the practice papers online and also read the
I spoke to both of my chemistry teachers for
I think this preparation helped to some extent, but I think the real key piece of advice that I would give is