Chemistry @ Somerville, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

2x 30 min interviews, over 2 days

Interview content

Interview 1: inorganic chemistry; Interview 2: organic chemistry, question on pure maths

Best preparation

Practice papers

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Know your stuff inside out.

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Interview Format

Test taken: TSA

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: 1 day

Length of interviews: 30 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

First interview was inorganic chemistry - we talked about polymers and type of inorganic compound and sketched some graphs.

Second interview was organic chemistry and a question on pure maths and a type of mechanism

How did you prepare?

Practice papers

What advice do you have for future applicants?

Looking back, what advice would you give to your past self?

(1) know A level chemistry, maths and physics inside out (2) read beyond the syllabus (3) practise graph sketching and calculus (4) do past chemistry olympiad/c3l6 papers