Modern Languages And Linguistics @ The Queen's, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

2x interviews, 1 day apart

Interview content

Open questions, general discussion

Best preparation

Past papers, reading

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Just think about your subjects and why you want to study them at Oxford, and keep reading.

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: MLAT

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: 1 day

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

The interview was a fantastic experience, not so much involving any targeted questions expecting textbook answers, but rather generic questions that allowed me to guide the interview in whichever way I felt most comfortable. It was a discussion of ideas, quite general at first, but which I responded to with specific ideas that I felt keen on developing. It was, in short, quite relaxed, a fun, intellectual discussion that did not feel at all like an entrance exam.

How did you prepare?

I did past papers and some outside reading.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

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

I simply thought about my subjects, why I really wanted to study them at Oxford, and continued with my wider reading. That is all you need.