3x 30 min interviews, over 1 day; linguistics test
German interviews: texts given beforehand, personal statement, some questions in German; Linguistics interview: test given beforehand
Grammar, practice questions
Don't be afraid to be critical of stimulus.
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.
Number of interviews: 3
Skype interview: No
Interviews spread over 1 day
Length of interviews: about 30 minutes each
In both my German interviews I had to discuss the written text they’d provided me with shortly before the interview. One was a set of German poems, and one was a long English poem.
In both I had a short section of the interview conducted in German - in the first this was just a general friendly conversation about me and my trips to Germany, the other involved a vocab test and I had to describe a painting.
In both we discussed books that I expressed an interest in on my personal statement.
My linguistics interview was almost entirely a discussion of the test I again was given shortly before the interview, just discussing my answers and findings.
My A-level teacher
I spoke to my subject teacher for advice and she gave me
The interviewers tend to pick out things you’ve mentioned that they too are interested in or have informed opinions on, so it feels less like a test and more like how a real Oxford
I would also say not to be afraid to be critical of the stimulus they present you with but also don’t force yourself to be by thinking that’s what they want - they’ll see through it.