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 in college if interviews are happening in person, or arrange interviews on Teams if admissions are happening virtually (as they will be in December 2021).
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.
Somerville participates in the university's annual Remote Interview Workshops, which are open to all state-school pupils applying to Oxford. These happen on Teams in November, before the interviews begin and include general interview advice as well as subject specific sessions, involving mock interviews and discussion of sample questions. The event is free. More information is sent out to eligible schools nearer the time.