Category Archives for Oxbridge

How to Stand Out in an Oxford or Cambridge Personal Statement or Interview

It’s a question that comes up in the mind of anyone applying to the UK’s premier universities: “How do I stand out from all the other candidates?” The other day, Ami, a reader of my blog, wrote to me and asked me this exact question. Ami said: “I’m applying to Cambridge and to be honest […]

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Real Oxbridge Interview Questions Remembered by Successful Candidates

The best way to prepare for any interview is to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. Oxbridge interview questions range from the generic “Why do you want to study blah?” and “What’s your greatest weakness?” (more on these here) to the specific. In this post I’m sharing some questions that successful Oxbridge applicants remember being […]

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Oxbridge Interviews: what they’re really looking for (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Homerton College, Cambridge)

Oxbridge interviews are full of mystique. You hear alarming stories of things being thrown at candidates to see how they react. There are rumours of outright craziness from candidates like the time an Oxford interviewee was asked ‘What is courage?’. They replied ‘This,’ and walked straight out of the room. These stories can fill the […]

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Oxbridge Interviews: what they're really looking for (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Homerton College, Cambridge)

Oxbridge interviews are full of mystique. You hear alarming stories of things being thrown at candidates to see how they react. There are rumours of outright craziness from candidates like the time an Oxford interviewee was asked ‘What is courage?’. They replied ‘This,’ and walked straight out of the room. These stories can fill the […]

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9 Questions You’re Likely to Hear at a University Interview

This is a guest post by Eleni Cashell from WhatUni.com. Congratulations, you’ve submitted an amazing application and you’re through to the university interview stage. But now it’s time to prep… Here are 9 questions you’re likely to hear at a university interview, why they ask them and how to answer them… 1. Tell Me About […]

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How to write a Cambridge Personal Statement (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Newnham College, Cambridge)

What should you put in your opening sentence? Do your AS grades matter? Do you need to have relevant work experience? How important is your further reading? These are all questions I’m asked all the time about personal statements. So, I thought the best thing to do would be to go directly to an Admissions […]

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