3x 30 min interviews, over 2 days
Politics: personal statement, comparing statements on sheet, drawing something on board; Economics: questions on graphs and tables; Philosophy: general discussion
Practice papers, TSA book, calculus
Had Skype sessions with Cambridge student; spoke to people specialised in things mentioned in personal statement. Don't show off your knowledge; show you're flexible and humble; research details of things mentioned in personal statement.
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.
Number of interviews: 3
Skype interview: No
Interview spread: first 2 interviews one day apart; third interview just after second interview
Length of interviews: about 30 minutes each
In my Politics interview, they asked me stuff about my personal statement, then a few follow up questions about that. Then, I had to compare some statements on a sheet they gave me and talk about how they were related. I also had to draw something on the board, and was given more follow up questions about what was on the board. It was really nothing I could've prepared for.
In Economics, I had to answer some questions about several graphs and tables.
In Philosophy, it was just a cool, chilled discussion about general topics of philosophy and some examples to examine them.
I did basically all of the practice papers I could find. I also bought
For preparation, I had 4 Skype sessions with
What I'd say was the most useful interview prep was
For the interviews, DON'T show off your knowledge, they hate that. A lot of people think Oxford students are just brainy know-it-alls and Hermione Grangers but every person I met that was a bit like that didn't get in. The questions are meant to help them understand the way you think, the way your brain works, if you're able to reason logically and (don't forget that part it's super important) if you're gonna be nice to work with in
I wish I'd researched more about the details of my personal statement because I mentioned I represented Egypt in a Model United Nations session and the interviewer asked me whose government I represented. I didn't know the name of the guy and felt stupid. After the interview I was convinced it was gonna cost me my admission.