3x 20-30 min interviews, over 2-3 days.
Discussed personal statement, Extended Project, and sources
Worth finding books (e.g. at local library); practise with friends if you can
Read lots, practise interviewing with friends, and don't worry if your school doesn't offer help.
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
Spread: Either 2 interviews in one day and then 1 the next, or 1 per day for three days. (I can't remember but there were definitely a few hours between.)
Length of interviews: 20-30 minutes each
Most interviews followed the same format, there were 2 people asking me questions and sometimes a third who was just making notes. The rooms are generally either offices or meeting rooms - nothing super intimidating. I was introduced to the people in the room and they welcomed me and asked a short question around how I was feeling, and then they started the interview.
I think something that was interesting is that none of the interviewers touched for more than a minute max on 'why I wanted to come to Oxford' or 'what could I bring to the university' they were much more academically focused than I had been prepared for. My personal statement was mentioned in all - know everything you have written on it inside out (don't lie its so obvious), one interview they asked me about my
The questions can be very challenging but the key is not to give up. Instead, try and think about things from a different perspective. I was extremely nervous before my interviews but once inside I found that adrenaline just kicked in and it went quite quickly.
Practice makes perfect. If anyone you know is doing the same or a similar test, share books with them.
Human Sciences is
The best thing I did was to read heavily - anything I could get my hands on, like newspapers and books covering a wide range of topics. Know the basics of your A-level/equivalent if you do a subject that is related to the course - eg. biology or sociology.
The other thing that I think was helpful that wasn't academic was practising being interviewed by someone who you respect /
Personally I didn't have any interview help from my school and I didn't go on any courses.
It's hard to say what I would do differently, as I was successful. but honestly I think