2x 20-30 min interviews, 1 day apart
Interviews 1, 2, 3: science based; Interview 4: medical ethics, experiment plan
Did practice papers; gave practice essays to teachers
Read around latest medical issues online; listen to podcasts; arrange a mock interview if possible; practise explaining your thoughts aloud; realise that interviewers want to hear how you think and process info, and don't want to catch you out.
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.
Test taken: BMAT
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between each interview: 1 day
Length of interviews: 20-30 minutes each
My St Hugh's interviews were both science based, using my A level syllabus knowledge as a place to start and then developing ideas from there. They used prompts such as a pedigree and a diagram of some sort of cell for a couple of questions, which revealed more information about as we went through.
My Wadham interviews were more relaxed. One interview was science based but the other was more abstract: we discussed recent medical ethics problems and planned an experiment. Again the
In both interviews the
I used the practice papers on the BMAT website, and
To prepare I read around the latest medical issues on websites such as BBC News. Podcasts were also helpful - anything that informs you, helps you form opinions on things and widens your reading is useful. If you can get a
The main thing I wish I’d done would be to practise explaining your train of thought out loud or justifying answers, and you can ask friends or family to help with this as it can be on any subject. It’s more about the skill than your knowledge.
I now realise that the