3x 30 min interviews, over 2 days
All interviews: poem given earlier, books in personal statement; Interview 1: Shakespeare play studied at A-level
Familiarised myself with test format; looked at and annotated sample texts.
Have practice interviews (if you can); reread texts mentioned in personal statement; be 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: 3
Skype interview: No
Both interviews on some day
Length of interviews: about 30 minutes each
Before every interview, I was given a poem and time to prepare some ideas about it, which then formed a significant part of each interview. Most of the questions here were pretty open-ended, which meant that I could steer towards the points that I particularly wanted to make okay, though in my first interview, I wasn't confident with the poem and am perfectly willing to admit that I did not do well in that section. So don't worry if you make a few mistakes!
I was very nervous in the first interview, and came out of it thinking that I was never going to get in. The last two were easier, as I felt like I knew what to expect a bit more, and felt a little like I didn't have much to lose after the first one. So I just went for it, even when I was worried that my answer was a bit juvenile, which I would recommend (going for it, not the juvenile answers). Just say what you're thinking, because they want to know how you're approaching the texts.
I wasn't asked anything relating to extra-curriculars or anything, and instead the
In structure, all three of my interviews were pretty much the same. One of the
I familiarised myself with the test format, so that I would be ready to approach it without feeling like I was running out of time.
I also looked through sample texts to get a feel for the type of text that I would be provided with and did some annotation to prepare for starting on the fresh pieces in the exam.
One thing that is often recommended to students is to get
Definitely read up on texts you've put in your personal statement! You
I know that this is going to sound cheesy, but my main piece of advice for the interviews is to be yourself. In my first interview, I was very nervous and desperately trying to produce what I thought that the