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Jul 18

Oxbridge experience #2

Cambridge university advice for interview preparation and Oxford university interview questions

When you’re thinking about applying to Oxbridge, or you’ve already started the process, it’s good to hear from others who’ve gone before you. Here’s the second of our Oxbridge experience posts, from a natural sciences graduate who shares what she remembers about her Oxbridge interview. How did you prepare for your Oxbridge interview? I had …

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Jun 21

My daughter is really shy, would she cope with Oxbridge?

There are plenty of introverted, quiet people at Oxbridge (and everywhere else). In addition, Oxbridge houses a particularly spectacular collection of people who are a bit different, who prefer books/test tubes to people, and stand (quietly) apart from the crowd. Years ago, one of my coaching colleagues was interviewed (for modern languages at Cambridge) by …

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Jun 21

What should I wear to my Oxbridge interview?

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The short answer is – whatever you like. Here’s the longer answer. Some of your fellow interviewees will be in fleeces and walking boots. Others will be in very sharp suits. And most will be in the ’smart casual’* zone in between. Your interviewers will span the same range. Some other points for consideration: Colleges …

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Jun 21

Which Oxbridge college should I apply to?

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Don’t waste time looking at the stats and working out the ratio of applicants to places at each college and picking one accordingly. You won’t be the only one doing that, and the stats will fluctuate next year accordingly. If you’re deemed to be a strong candidate and there aren’t enough places at your chosen …

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Jun 21

What happens if my mind goes completely blank during my Oxbridge interview? Are they trying to catch me out?

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It’s ok. They are not trying to make you feel stupid. They want to know whether your brain likes to be stretched, so they are coaxing you out of your intellectual comfort zone (which is probably pretty big, so give them a chance). It’s in their interests to support you to show your best side, …

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