2x 20 min interviews, 2 days apart
Interview 1: general science questions; Interview 2: physics, examining a rock, motivations, extended project
Practice interviews; read around topics mentioned in personal statement. Should have read my extended project. Don't be intimidated by other candidates!
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: 2 days
Length of interviews: about 20 minutes each
For both of my interviews, I was nervous, but I didn't expect to get in, so I also felt quite relaxed!
The first interview was with the
The second interview was in the Earth Sciences department with
I was quite lucky in that I obtained some
I also read around the topics I had mentioned on my personal statement so that I would be somewhat confident in answering questions on it. At some point in the interviews
One thing I'd like to mention is, don't be intimidated by the other candidates! During interviews it can feel like you're surrounded by much worthier candidates; for example, I felt quite intimidated when talking to another candidate, who had wanted to be a geologist all their life and was most interested in a branch of geology I'd never heard of before! This doesn't mean you're less likely to get in (I never saw them at Oxford again). Also, use the interviews as a chance to decide if Oxford, and your college, is right for you! I spent some time after my first interview looking around Oxford and this made me feel a lot more confident with accepting my offer and coming to study here.