Engineering Admissions Assessment; 2x interviews
Interview 1: basic mechanics, specific subject question; Interview 2: maths/problem-solving questions
Know your personal statement, practise interviews at home, and think out loud in your interview!
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Test taken: Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between interviews: On the same day, with a few hours between them, and I had a test in between, to take to my 2nd interview
Length of first interview: Around 15-30 minutes; Length of second interview: Around 15-30 minutes
In the first interview, I was asked one basic mechanics question I could do, then a question on physics that I had to work through out loud (as I had never covered it before). Both questions had me speaking out loud as I thought about my answer, and the interviewers assisted me in working out the answer.
Between interviews I had a maths/problem-solving exam which involved applying maths to solve problems in ways that I could do, but that I hadn’t done before. I had 20 minutes to do part of it, and then I brought it into my second interview, where I was questioned on why I had done what I did.
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Believe in yourself. If you know nobody at university and want personal advice, consider reaching out to university societies on Facebook. Personally, I wasn’t asked about my personal statement but make sure you know what you talked about in yours, and the topics you mentioned studying in your
Practise interviews with anyone you can, from your little sibling at home to your school teachers.