2x 20-30 min interviews, a day apart
Interview 1: Fermi type problem and described an object Interview 2: Smaller discussions, maths unit conversions, personal statement chat and described a rock.
UNIQ; local interviews from Welsh government programme; relaxed and walked around Oxford; socialising with other candidates during interview period.
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: 20-30 minutes each
In my first interview (at Exeter), I was interviewed by two tutors. We discussed a 'Fermi type problem' (estimating at order of magnitude level) which was broadly on the theme of mountain building. I also was asked to describe an object from first principles and a photograph.
I had a serious health problem which I disclosed to college before interview, so one of the tutors asked if I was OK, which was reassuring. It was fairly relaxed (I had arrived the previous day and had done some doddling round the town) and I really enjoyed it, especially when we were using numbers!
The second interview was in the department with tutors from two other colleges (University & St Peter's). This had a few smaller discussions, some maths unit conversions, a chat about my personal statement and I had to describe a rock.
Earth Sciences now does College blind admissions, but I'd imagine the interview structure will be similar.
I went on UNIQ, which was really helpful, but it isn't in any way necessary! I was familiar with Oxford and because Earth Sciences is a small subject I had met one of the tutors then.
There was a lot of chatting about interviews and personal statements with the other candidates, which helped put me in a good state of mind. The Seren Project (Welsh Govt. project) also provided some
I relaxed, using the facilities around me to do that. I looked around Oxford and hung out with other applicants in the