Medicine @ Somerville, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

4x 20 min interviews, over 24 hrs

Interview content

All interviews: Biology and chemistry concepts and problems

Best preparation

Practice papers, BMAT book

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Try to get mock interviews if possible / talk through subject with friends or teachers.

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: BMAT

Number of interviews: 4

Skype interview: No

Interview spread: 2 in afternoon, 2 next morning

Length of interviews: about 20 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

My interviews were very science based. Little was asked on the personal statement - it was more biological and chemical concepts and problems.

How did you prepare?

I used practice papers from the official BMAT site, as well as the 'Ultimate BMAT Guide' books.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

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

Try and get mock interviews if possible or talk through science concepts with friends and teachers.