Mathematics @ St John's, Oxford in 2017

Interview format

4x 25 min interviews, each a day apart

Interview content

All interviews: progressively harder maths questions

Best preparation

Past papers

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Do past papers under timed conditions; look at UKMT / Olympiad questions.

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.

Interview Format

Test taken: MAT

Number of interviews: 4

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: 1 day

Length of interviews: 25 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

Each interview started with a fairly simple maths question, which was then developed into harder questions. It was all fairly relaxed.

How did you prepare?

I used the past papers online.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

Looking back, what advice would you give to your past self?

I would recommend doing past papers for the admissions test, and especially some under timed conditions. For maths, UKMT challenge / Olympiad questions can also be useful.