If you are shortlisted after your admissions tests, we'll invite you to Somerville for one or more interviews. We'll put you up for free, or arrange Skype interviews if you live outside of Europe and face difficulty travelling.
Interviews have an infamous reputation, but you have no reason to worry. Our friendly and professional tutors will talk to you about areas of your subject or work through a problem or scenario with you. Generally, the interview will begin by giving you a short period of time to read through several problems, talking points, or short extracts of scholarship, before a discussion with two tutors on the problems or ideas. No special preparation or coaching is required - the focus is less on what you already know and more on how you handle new ideas.
We host an annual event called 'Demystifying Interviews' which is open to all state-school pupils applying to Somerville in every subject except Medicine (as applications for this subject are College-blind), regardless. You can witness some mock interviews and have a look around Somerville ahead of time. The event is free and there is a travel bursary available.