1x 1 hour interview & 1x 30 min interview, over 2 days
Extract from text, 2 pieces of music to compare
Learn how to read carefully; listen to as much music as possible!
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.
No test taken; submitted composition and essays
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between each interview: 1 day
Length of interviews: 1 hour for one; 30 minutes for the other
I was given an extract from a book to read; I was also given two pieces of music to analyse and compare.
The text I felt was fine, because I did English language A-level, so used techniques from that; the
I just read online what was required and I tried to do what I thought was my best, as I had neither an Oxbridge graduate to advise me nor a music teacher.
If you go to state school, my best advice is to try learn how to read carefully and break a text down.
For music specifically, my only advice is to listen to as much music as possible and think about significant aspects of sound and artistic processes.