2 x 20-30 mins interviews, 1 day apart
Interview 1: Fermi type problem, described rock; Interview 2: Smaller discussions, maths unit conversions, personal statement, described rock
UNIQ; practice interviews; relaxed and walked around Oxford; socialising with other candidates at interview.
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 a rock from first principles and a photograph of an outcrop.
I had a serious health problem which I disclosed to college before interview, so one of the
The second interview was in the department, with
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!
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