TOP 50+ Oxford Interview Questions and Answers

Oxford Interview Questions and Answers to get into the best College in UK. Lots of students fail to get into their dream school. The challenge may come from presenting great work on time or choosing a decent essay topic or maybe not really knowing what your interviewer is looking for.

Top 10 Oxford Interview Questions and Answers

1. How would you go about learning 50 words a day?

Answers: Learning 50 words a day is impressive, learning each word will take you about 10 seconds, but you need to practice it, so if you spend just 1 hour a day, you can pick up a lot of vocabulary and be confident in conversation with native speakers!

2. If you had funding for one psychological study, what would you want to test?

Answer: I am just a participant who would be happy to give you a few bucks (a factor that should not take away from the quality or merit of your research). I am interested in things like mental illness, cognitive psychology, physiology, etc. I work as a consultant in the field of education, and thanks to this job, I have some disposable income.

3. What does it mean to ‘be political’?

Answer: If you live in a parliamentary democracy, it might be easy to think that politics is the process of making and implementing political decisions — perhaps even simply the process of getting elected. However, if you live in a more authoritarian setting, it might be more accurate to say that to be political is to stay alive.

4. What are you reading at the moment?

Answer: I am always reading something for inspiration. Information is the lifeblood of inspiration. Without discovering new technologies, processes, and ways of thinking, we can’t create anything new.

5. Does moral responsibility require the ability to do otherwise?

Answer: Another influential trend in compatibilism has been to argue that moral responsibility does not require an ability to do otherwise.

6. What does autonomy mean and in which scenarios is someone exhibiting autonomy?

Answer: The definition of autonomy is independence in one’s thoughts or actions. A young adult from a strict household who is now living on her own for the first time is an example of someone experiencing autonomy. noun. 2. Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.

7. Have you read any poem that you would say are musical?

Answer: I’ve got one for you today. It’s called a “Ghazal”. It’s a very old form or poem with many variations across many cultures and languages. You may have heard of Ruba’i or Rubayat which are similar genres (in Arabic, Persian and Urdu). All Ghazals could be said to be lyrical in some sense — but they may have different types of lyrics (for example free verse vs non-rhyming verses).

8. What is poetry?

Answer: Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and often rhythmic qualities of language − such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre − to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, a prosaic ostensible meaning. A poem is a literary composition, written by a poet, utilising this principle.

9. Is the phrase ‘I would like a cup of coffee please’ in a cafe ‘poetry’?

Answer: Would you agree that the phrase “I would like a cup of coffee please” is a form of poetry? Of course not? Why wouldn’t you? Well, for this one reason at least: it was made up by some consultant company who wrote down things people say when they go to cafes. In other words, it’s the type of thing they need to say in order to stay in business. But here’s the thing: it’s still poetry, even if it wasn’t intended to be.

10. If sport was the only lenses through which we could judge the past, how accurate would our knowledge of the past be?

Answer: If sport was the only lenses through which we could judge the past, how accurate would our knowledge of the past be? Of course this is a ridiculous question, but it does invite us to consider what sport and physical culture from the past can tell us about society and life.

More 40 Oxford Interview Questions

11. How would you go about calculating the mass of the Earth?

12. Will there ever be a year without a Friday 13th?

13. Improvise a 1 minute piano piece based on space using a hexatonic scale  

14. Do you think Odysseus was a good leader?

15. Who’s your favourite Roman historian and why?

16. Can there be beauty in manipulation in poetry?

17. When do you think this text was written?

18. How does the material/physical book itself impact the experience of reading?

19. Why do you want to study (your subject)?

10. Summarise the argument from your written work you submitted in one sentence 

11. Should colonial architecture be preserved?

12. What is the future of stem cell therapy? 

13. What happens to your bones in space?

14. What is an autoimmune disease?

15. What are the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

16. What is the future of cancer treatment?

17. How do you think you can overcome the issue of noise in hospitals?

18. How does dance contribute to our understanding of history?

19. Does being a democracy make a state more or less likely to go to war?

20. What is the book you’ve read that has had the most profound impact on you?

21. Tell us about your interest in behavioural economics 

22. How do you know you are in Oxford?

23. Is ambiguity important in texts?

24. What is the point of ‘difficulty’ in texts?

25. Why do you think the Weimar Republic failed?

26. Imagine an island with around 20 people and they live by the law ‘do not do anything immoral’, would this be good society?

27. How can you measure how rich a country is? 

28. Why are there differences in countries’ wealth? 

29. What do you mean by human capital? What are aspects that are easy to measure and what are those that are harder to measure? 

30. Why might there be lower start up rates in UK vs America? 

31. In your opinion what is the most powerful nation? Why? 

32. Where does this power come from? 

33. What are the max and min values of f(x)=x2 between -infinity and +infinity?

34. A watch face shows 3:15. What is the angle between the hands?

35. A sequence exists such that an = 1/n. Where does this sequence converge?

36. Draw the graph of f(x)=ln(x).

37. What are the maximum and minimum values of f(x)=x2 between -1 and 1?

38. If you had to remove everything except one thing from your Personal Statement what would be left?

39. What are the purposes of the grammatical constructions in this text? 

40. What does the word ‘equal’ mean?

41. Talk to me about triangles

42. If you wanted to cause the greatest amount of sea-level change, would you melt the ice at the North or the South Pole?

43. Tell us your thoughts on this rock

44. To what extent should ‘emotion’ be factored into our understanding of history?

45. Why is Fair Trade important?

46. Explain what it means to ‘be conscious’

47. How would would you count the number of rabbits on two separate islands and test if they were different?

48. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

49. What is the effect of wind on the forces in the structure of tall buildings?

50. What would you say about this plastic bag if you dug it up 2000 years in the future?

FAQs and Answers

How do I prepare for an Oxford interview?

How to prepare for an Oxbridge Interview
1. Know your stuff. You’re applying for one of the greatest universities in the world. …
2. Read your personal statement through beforehand. …
3. Wear comfortable clothes. …
4. Do practice interviews beforehand. …
5. Get your travel plans organised. …
6. Get your mindset sorted.

Is Oxford interview hard?

Oxford interviews are notoriously difficult. In reality, the interviews aren’t like that and the university isn’t looking to trick anyone either. The questions are perceived to be tough as they won’t always have a right or wrong answer.

Is Oxford interview easy to get?

Your chances of obtaining an offer from Oxford or Cambridge (before you have confirmed your course and college choice, sat your potential admissions test, and been invited up for interview) are roughly 17%, a figure that comes from around 46,000 applicants chasing 8,000 places at the two universities.

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