All the tips for a traditional medical school interview are still appropriate for Oxbridge Medicine interviews, but it is unlikely you will be asked a question for which you have prepared. The best tip for excelling in an Oxbridge medical application is to ensure your GCSE and A-level knowledge of the sciences is exceptional. It is also crucial that you undertake additional reading around a subject interest of yours to demonstrate your dedication to and interest in Medicine. Finally, you will need to familiarise yourself with the experience of not knowing the answer – the interviewers will want to see how you face new challenges and problems, so get ready to do some thinking on your feet!
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Verity Hawley is a fifth year medical student at The University of Leeds. She writes about her time volunteering at an Oxfam charity shop.Read more
There are two medical admissions tests in the UK: the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test), and the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test). UK Medical schools favour one or the other.
Use Dukes Medical Applications’ handy brainstorming resource to start to plan your own medical school personal statement, to help with structure as well as content.