Arts-Humanities Admissions Assessment; 2x interviews
Interview 1: discussed an article; Interview 2: personal statement
Reading relevant articles
Try to expand on your answers
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Test taken: Arts-Humanities Admissions Assessment
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews: about 2 hours 30 minutes
Length of first interview: 45 minutes; Length of second interview: 45 minutes
My first interview required me to read an article, which I was then questioned about. I was
My second interview was personal statement based. Generally the interviewers were firing questions about a section of my personal statement, in order to access my opinion on things.
It’s also important to read articles/newspapers to expand your factual knowledge, as well as your comprehension skills, which is beneficial for the multiple choice portion of the exam.
To prepare for the interview, I re-read articles and annotated books I put on my personal statement. As well as that, I printed out my personal statement and cut it up in to sections (intro, para1, para2, para3) and stuck each section on a large sheet of A3 paper. Then I annotated and analysed every single line of my personal statement. (Yes I mean every line!). This included, researching more facts about what I was talking about, which I could throw in when I was speaking to my interviews, and
If you are asked to read an article for your interview, my tip would be, try to dissect the article, understand what the article is trying to tell you & the topics which it touches on - if you can show that you can be analytical and understanding of something which is generally foreign to you, then that is very impressive.
My tip for a personal statement-based interview would be, TALK. Try to expand on your answers, and try to make sure what you’re saying is developed. It would also be a good idea to try to prepare for different things the interviewer might ask.
I would say, that it’s perfectly normal to be