Psychology, Philosophy And Linguistics @ The Queen's, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

3x 10 min interviews, 3-4 hrs apart

Interview content

Discussion of reading given beforehand, graphs, problems

Best preparation

Read up around subject

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Try to go in with an open mind.

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: TSA

Number of interviews: 3

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: a few hours

Length of interviews: about 10 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

We discussed the pre-reading provided, and some pro and con arguments surrounding it, as well as interpretations of graphs and different problems.

I felt nervous initially, but as soon as you are given a task you just go for it! The room was a bit nerve wracking, as I normally sat opposite 2-3 people observing me! But you soon get used to it!

How did you prepare?

To prepare for the TSA, I used an example questions help booklet.

I also just read up around my subject and practised critical analysis. Also check through your personal statement and linked reading, just in case!

What advice do you have for future applicants?

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

I wouldn’t do anything different in hindsight: just go in, relax, and try your best. Go in with an open mind as it will help you relax!