3x 15 min interview (+ 15 min reading time for source interviews) & 1x 1 hr interview (+ 1 hr reading time), over 3 days
1x personal statement interview, 2x source interview (source given beforehand)
Did timed practice papers; asked various teachers to mark them; wrote practice answers about unseen sources
Be yourself and be enthusiastic.
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: 4
Skype interview: No
Interview spread: 1 in evening of arrival; 1 at Worcester the next day; 1 at Worcester and 1 at St Edmund Hall the following day
Length of Worcester interviews: 15 minutes each, with 15 minutes reading time for source interviews; Length of St Edmund Hall interview: 1 hour, with 1 hour reading time
Basically I just had a lot of fun because it was a top opportunity to talk to some really cool academics who I really admired and didn't expect to get the chance to speak to again.
In my personal statement interview we discussed myth and history because that was kind of my personal statement theme. We also discussed material versus written sources and had a little banter about iPhones probably being a good source for future historians. That made the
In my 2 (3 if you count St Edmund's, but I don't tend to) source interviews I had to read a short article (a few pages long) beforehand, and then we just talked about it. In one interview I was a little scared because I'd had to ask what methodology meant (to be fair I still don't really know), and the
Before that interview, however, I'd knocked on the door twice because the last interview ran over, and I wasn't sure if they were waiting for me to knock or not, and I didn't want to interrupt. This was not the end of the world although it felt like it at the time. The
I took a bunch of timed practice papers, and
I also just had a lot of fun with writing practice answers. I usually did it timed, and had
This said, I don't think I'd be able to go back, do it again, and still get in. Of course, I'm still the same person, but I'm probably less passionate about history now than I was at 18. I feel like
You also can't alter yourself too much or try to fit an 'Oxford' mould. Yes, you should love your subject and be keen to learn, but
Just be yourself, don't bore them, show that you care with even tiny cues like an excited tone, and you'll at worst have fun and at best get into Oxford.