4 x 30 min interviews, MLAT and TSA
Work sheet; studies discussion, extended essay discussion
Mock interview, read everything mentioned (books, articles, etc) in my personal statement and also come up with a few arguments I could talk about with certain topics, prepared to think about opposing theories
Past papers and linguistics olympiad
The interviewers are looking for what you as an individual think, and so it’s important that you try to stay as authentic 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.
Test taken: Modern Languages Admissions Test (
Number of interviews: 4
Time between interviews: 2 on day 1, 2 on day 2 — 3 or 4 hours between interviews 1&2 and 3&4
Length of interviews: about half an hour
Online interview: No
The atmosphere in all of the interviews I had was very calm and relaxed, the interviewers all seemed very chilled and it felt conversational. In my linguistics interviews I was given a work sheet similar to that of the MLAT - one interview gave 30 minutes before, the other did not. In my Psychology interviews I had to discuss different studies and then talk about the possible theories relating to them. From my personal statement, I was only really asked about my
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TSA: past papers, MLAT: past papers and questions from the linguistics olympiad
I would definitely say to all applicants, don’t hold back. The interviewers are looking for what you as an individual think, and so it’s important that you try to stay as authentic as possible (which can be difficult in such an environment, but it’s worth it). I was expecting something much more intense and rigorous than what I actually encountered, and so I would say that it’s important to not become too stressed or fixated on the interview process - this may become a detriment to your mental health. However, it is important to prepare thoroughly - even if you over-prepare a little, you will then feel more at ease. Your mental health should be your number one priority though.