History @ Lincoln, Oxford in 2016

Interview format

2x 30 min interviews, 1 day apart

Interview content

Interview 1: source text; interview 2: chose a topic to discuss

Best preparation

Practised talking clearly about subject and reread personal statement

Final thoughts

Allow yourself time to think when answering

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

Test taken: HAT

Number of interviews: 2

Time between interviews: A day

Length of interviews: About half an hour

Online interview: No

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

My first interview was a source text, where I had 10 minutes before to read it and annotate it, and then had a debate about it. The second interview was a topic of my own choosing which we discussed and I was asked questions on -  it was really quite enjoyable because it was like having an impassioned debate with other people who were interested in and loved your subject

How did you prepare for your interviews?

I prepared by listening to history documentaries on YouTube, rereading my personal statement and the books in it, and with  mock interviews with teachers. I also practised explaining a historical topic to my mum (someone who had no historical knowledge) which required me to explain my thoughts in a clear and coherent way so she could understand it.

If you took a test, how did you prepare?

Past papers marked by a teacher

What advice would you give to future applicants?

In the interview, breathe and give yourself a moment to think before you give your answer, and ensure the answer you give is well considered - even if it isn’t right.