Psychological And Behavioural Sciences @ Newnham, Cambridge in 2018

Interview format

PBSAA, TSA - both sections; 2x interviews

Interview content

Interview 1: personal statement, subject-related questions; Interview 2: Article discussion, data and graph interpretation

Best preparation

Practice papers, rereading your personal statement

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Vocalise your thought process during the interview

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

Tests taken: Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment (PBSAA), Tsa - both sections

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: no

Time between interviews: 20 minutes

Length of first interview: 25 minutes; Length of second interview: 35 minutes, inclusive of 10min prep time

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

In my first interview, I was asked to discuss a point made on my personal statement, which I immediately felt comfortable with as I am very passionate about the point they mentioned. I was also given some questions and scenarios, as well as asked to analyse some situations.

In my second interview, I was given lots of unseen graphs and data and asked to interpret it. We also discussed an article I read prior to the interview.

How did you prepare?

I did practice papers and attended a prep session offered by my school

I spoke to my head of sixth form, who encouraged me to apply and gave me some advice.

For my interview, I re-read my personal statement and made sure I knew what I was talking about; this helped me feel a lot more confident when discussing the points.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

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

In the interviews, they want to understand how you think, so always vocalise your thoughts and thought process. Don't be afraid to ask any questions.