Human, Social And Political Science @ Newnham, Cambridge in 2016

Interview format

2x interviews (30 mins)

Interview content

Both: personal statement; asked interviewer to clarify at one point which went down well

Best preparation

Looking through personal statement; look up Cambridge course; mock interviews

Final thoughts

Spoke about outside interests

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

I had two interviews lasting half an hour each. Before the first interview I read an extract from a famous text about the concept of nations. Two interviewers each - a reasonably informal chat in an office.

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

Be up to scratch with current affairs & terms used in the media. Discussed personal statement - theme of feminism in first interview and democracy in second interview.

They asked me about referenda, and used a word I didn't know so I just asked. I think she was impressed by my ability to own up to not knowing something I probably should have known and my eagerness to learn from her so my no1 tip is not to be afraid to think out loud.

How did you prepare?

Highlighting personal statement beforehand.

Looking up paper guides for first year to know relevant topics. Mock interviews organised by school.

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

At the end of my second interview we spoke about my general reading! Doesn’t have to be subject related they just want to know you enjoy reading.