History @ The Queen's, Oxford in 2019

Interview format

2x 45 min interviews, 1 day apart

Interview content

Interview 1: source based; Interview 2: written work discussion

Best preparation

Refreshed on personal statement reading

Final thoughts

Don’t be afraid to give your opinion

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: 1 day
Length of interviews: 45 minutes
Online interview: No

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

In my first interview we discussed a document that I had been given a few days prior to arriving. Initially I felt nervous but this didn’t last long and I ended up enjoying how I could explore my ideas with my interviewer.

In my next interview we discussed the written work I had handed in. I found it really interesting to hear the tutor's opinion of my work and what I could do to improve it. Both interviews felt more like a chat rather than the interrogation that I had expected them to be.

How did you prepare for your interviews?

I had been given pre interview work so I looked at and studies that. I also made sure to refresh myself on the books and topics I had talked about in my personal statement as well as reading some more books and doing some more research in case they asked my about my current interests.

If you took a test, how did you prepare?

Past papers

What advice would you give to future applicants?

Don’t be afraid to give your opinion and argue for your ideas as long as you know you can back it up. Also if they offer any advice or guidance listen to it and acknowledge that you understand what the interviewer is saying.