University of Oxford release sample interview questions



As part of an event to demystify the famously obtuse interview process at Oxford, the University have released five sample interview questions prospective students can expect to face. Oxford interview 10,000 students every year for just 3,500 places, and the five sample questions gives students an idea of what to expect if they make it through the initial application hurdles.

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Sample Oxford interview questions

1. Subject: Modern languages.

Question: What makes a novel or play ‘political’?

2. Subject: Medicine.

Question: About one in four deaths in the UK is due to some form of cancer, yet in the Philippines the figure is only around one in 10. What factors might underlie this difference?

3. Subject: PPE (and other philosophy courses).

Question: What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone?

4. Subject: Maths.

Question: Imagine a ladder leaning against a vertical wall with its feet on the ground. The middle rung of the ladder has been painted a different colour on the side, so that we can see it when we look at the ladder from the side on. What shape does that middle rung trace out as the ladder falls to the floor?

5. Subject: Experimental psychology.

Question: A large study appears to show that older siblings consistently score more highly than younger siblings on IQ tests. Why would this be?

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