2x 30 min interviews, over 1 day
Economics interview: personal statement, maths problem, economics problem; Philosophy/Politics interview: logic problems, discussion of a topic in politics
Practice papers online, practice essays
Prepare for TSA; talk to your teachers; remember that tutors aren't trying to trip you up; re-read books mentioned in personal statement.
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: 2
Skype interview: No
Interview spread: 1 late morning; 1 early evening
Length of interviews: 30 minutes each
We talked first about a book from my personal statement (an introductory question I think, to help people get comfortable) with some discussion of the themes in the book and its overall message. Then there was a quick maths problem (note: I completely messed this up on my first attempt! The
The Philosophy professor gave me some logic problems, which we tackled in a very applied way. We mostly solved them by having discussions. Then this gave way to politics: a discussion around a particular topic. This took up most of the rest of the time. I felt much more relaxed in this one: the atmosphere was a lot less formal, with the three of us sitting in chairs all facing each other in an office: a much less formal setting. The atmosphere was very welcoming, and it felt very much like a casual discussion.
The practice papers for the
Remember that the
If you mentioned any books on your personal statement, make sure to re-read them before your interviews! The last thing you want is for it to look like you haven't read something if you just can't remember it when they ask you a question.