PAST OXBRIDGE INTERVIEW EXPERIENCES

We collected these past Oxbridge interview experiences from our vast network of expert Oxbridge and Medical tutors who excelled on their courses.

 


 

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French & German

Oxford – Queens College

“I think the thing that surprised me the most was how quickly it went and how many questions they asked about each subject.”

Thalia

History & Politics

Oxford – St Catherine’s College

“Know your personal statement inside and out, and don’t put anything on there you’d have to lie about.”

Alex

Geography

Oxford – St Edmund Hall

“Go for it and don’t listen to any voices saying it might not be for you or that you’re not good enough for Oxbridge!”

James

Medicine

Cambridge – St John’s College

“The people interviewing you are all really nice and not trying to catch you out or scare you! Just try not to be too nervous.”

Delphine

History & French

Oxford – Wadham College

“Think about the links between language and history, check your specific college for extra submitted work you might need to send.”

Annie

PBS

Cambridge – Sidney Sussex

“I really enjoyed it and it was a great exercise for supervisions. I came out feeling relieved and proud of myself.”

Bushra

Engineering

Cambridge – Downing College

“Be confident, but not arrogant. Be relaxed during the interview, and think out loud. It’s all about how you approach a problem.”

Christiana

Law

Cambridge – Magdalene College

“Read the news! So many applicants are very intelligent but have no awareness of what’s going on in the world.”

Faith

Modern Languages

Oxford – St Catherine’s

“Honesty is the best policy. If you don’t have a speciality in (say) Spanish, that’s okay! You’re still near the start of the learning process.”

Rhys

French & Linguistics

Oxford – Wadham College

“I was asked if i had read any French literature. I said no but I could talk about French hip hop… which they didn’t want to discuss.”

Lea

History

Cambridge – Emmanuel College

“My school organised one mock interview with our Head of Sixth Form. By the look on his face at the end, he thought I didn’t stand a chance…”

Sam

Classics and French

Oxford – Merton College

“I had no real curve ball questions, but a friend of mine did get asked to describe the Colosseum as his first question!”

Henry

Law

Oxford – Balliol College

“Be calm and confident! The tutors are not there to trick you out, but to see how you would thrive in an academic environment.”

Anxin

Biochemistry

Oxford – St Edmund Hall

“The process wasn’t as scary as I thought. The interviewers were pretty friendly and didn’t ask anything groundbreaking.”

Tom

Archaeology & Anthropology

Oxford – Keble College

“Cultivate in yourself a deep intellectual curiosity for the world in which we live and the people who inhabit it.”

Harry

Economics

Cambridge – Selwn College

“There are a lot of horror stories floating around about Oxbridge interviews, some of which are warranted, others of which are not.”

Lisa