2x 20-25 min interviews & 3x 15-20 min interviews, over 2 days
Science questions, logic puzzles, some discussion of personal statement
Apply for summer schools; go to open days, if you can; the interviewers just want to see how you think.
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: 5
Skype interview: No
Interview spread: 2 at Worcester one afternoon; 3 at Merton one morning
Length of interviews: 20-25 minutes at Worcester; 15-20 minutes at Merton
All interviews contained mainly science questions and logic puzzles, with a small bit talking about my personal statement at the beginning of one for each college.
I was super nervous for the first one but then relaxed into it once I started chatting my to the interviewers.
The atmosphere was far less intimidating than I’d expected and genuinely was just a discussion with experts rather than an interrogation.
I did practice papers from BMAT website.
Apply for summer schools (e.g. UNIQ)! Being at summer school gave me so much information that my school couldn’t have given me and also gave me something extra to talk about on my personal statement.
If you can get to open days then do, and chat to students doing your subject. They’ll always be full of great advice and will want to help out.
My expectation of Oxford has been completely changed since being there, there are way more ‘normal’ people than I expected and