Economics @ Selwyn, Cambridge in 2018

Interview format

Economics Admissions Assessment; 3x interviews

Interview content

Interview 1: personal statement-based; Interview 3: discussing written questions

Best preparation

Using past papers

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Tutoring & mock interviews

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: Economics Admissions Assessment (ECAA)

Number of interviews: 3

Skype interview: No

Time between interviews: A few hours

Length of first interview: 15-30 minutes; Length of second interview: 15-30 minutes; Length of third interview: 15-30 minutes

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

I had a tutor interview (which was based on my personal statement), and then two subject interviews. My second interview was very chill and it was more like a chat. My third interview was more intimidating. I had a sheet of questions to answer before I went in, and I then had to answer them in front of the interviewer.

How did you prepare?

Past papers and tutoring

What advice do you have for future applicants?

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

I had a tutor outside of school who tutored me solely on interviews. She challenged me on maths, economic theory, and everything that I had written in my personal statement. I also had mock interviews with my school.