3x 20 min interviews, over 2 days
Linguistics: problem sheet; Philosophy: discussion
Don't worry if interviewers seem to give you a hard time.
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 2 days
Length of interviews: about 20 minutes each
For linguistics I was given a problem sheet, which I filled out, and then was quizzed on my answers.
For philosophy I was asked about the distinction between two related concepts. It was very much like a
To prepare for the test, I took past papers.
I didn't really prepare a lot, for my subjects it was more about having a conceptual approach to learning and being willing to ask questions and get things wrong.
I think not worrying if the
I would advise, for a subject like mine, getting comfortable with the core concepts by reading around in fun introductory texts you'd find in Waterstones.