2x 20 min interviews, a day apart
Interview 1: philosophy questions, politics graph analysis; Interview 2: problem given beforehand, politics question
Chat about relevant topics with family, friends, and teachers; think aloud.
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: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between each interview: 1 day
Length of interviews: about 20 minutes each
There were 2 interviews. One was Philosophy and Politics. The other was Economics and Politics. Each was divided equally between the 2.
In the first, I was asked a series of challenging questions about ethics for Philosophy. For politics, I was asked about a graph - the exercise was to read the graph and interpret the data it represented, as well as to question what other info would be needed.
In the second, we worked through a problem we had been given to prepare about 10 minutes before the interview about a model of economic growth. The second half was a conversation about a particular political concept, and how it can be best defined and understood.
It's hard for these interviews to ever be relaxing, but I found that the
I took past papers.
Overall I don't think there's too much more to add. I wouldn't change anything and had my expectations met, if not slightly exceeded on how fun the interviews actually ended up being! The only other thing I'd add is to stay positive and stay focused on you. Don't compare yourself to the other people at interviews, or get caught up if they seem more confident or more prepared or whatever - chances are they're bluffing, and chances are you're jolly good! In fact,