Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment; 2x interviews
Interview 1: discussed pre-reading, general motivations; Interview 2: translation, personal statement
Read books related to the subject
Remember you're not expected to know everything
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.
Test taken: Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: no
Time between interviews: 10 minutes
Length of first interview: 30 minutes; Length of second interview: 30 minutes
The first interview was a general language aptitude test with two language tutors, although they were not specialists in the languages I was taking. We discussed a text, then we spoke about my A level choices and studying languages. I felt
The second interview was with another two language tutors, this time the tutors were specialists in the languages I would be studying. I was given a sheet of simple English sentences to translate into Spanish, my post-A Level language, and then we discussed in English the pre-reading text I had been given just before the interview. We then had a conversation in Spanish about the texts I had mentioned in my application. The conversation with the
I prepared for the admissions test by attempting past papers. For the interviews, I looked at the University website to understand how the course works and picked my favourite modules. I read several books about history and linguistics, which was very helpful because I was confident that I had a general knowledge of my subject, although this wasn't a large part of my interviews. Attending a college open day was also useful preparation because I was able to watch a
The difficulty level of the interview was as I expected, however I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. My advice would be to remember that the interviewers are looking for someone who genuinely loves their subject and is willing to dedicate time to learning more and understanding new concepts - you aren't expected to know everything.