2x 1/2 hr interviews, 1 day apart
Interview 1: rock types; Interview 2: graphs, applied rock questions
Go over personal statement; try to get mock interviews; don't doubt yourself!
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 both interviews the first thing they asked about was my
In the second interview I was given a map about rainwater and asked to draw some graphs based off the same topic, and then there was something about rocks - although these sound all scary things, especially as my brain was befuddled with nervous brain fog (there was a couple of times where I had to say that I just couldn’t think of an answer) if you can take a deep breath and stammer your way through whatever you’re thinking (whether right or wrong) it’s okay. I honestly got back to my room and
I went over my personal statement and read through anything that I’d mentioned (some essays and chapters of specific books) and then had a
My biggest regret was holding back on some thoughts - one of the rocks I was shown I recognised, but doubted myself, so didn’t say what I thought it was. In hindsight I would have just gone for it, because even though I could be wrong, it shows that you do have some knowledge there, which reflects what you’ve read about, and that you’ve got a genuine interest!