Challenging Interview Questions To Study At Oxford College!

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Oxford College is one of the best universities on this planet. The former graduates include names like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde, JRR Tolkien and Tim Berners-Lee. One should not be surprised if Oxford College challenges its candidates and be extremely selective about their prospective students.

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1. Without doubt, interview questions promote individual thinking.

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In order to get into Oxford, it is important "how" you think rather than your actual knowledge.

2. Dr. Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, considers each of these interview questions as an opportunity.

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No matter what kind of educational background or opportunities you have had, the interview should be an opportunity to show off your interest and ability in your chosen subject, since they are not about reciting what you already know. Tutors want to give candidates a chance to show their real ability and potential, which means candidates will be encouraged to use their knowledge and apply their thinking to new problems.

Let's have a look at some of these questions together:

3. What makes a novel or play "political?"

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This is a question you need to answer if you would like to study Modern French.

4. About 1 in 4 deaths in the UK is due to some form of cancer, yet in the Philippines the figure is only around 1 in 10. What factors might underlie this difference?

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Oxford Queen's College Medical students are familiar with this question.

5. 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 color on the side, so that we can see it when we look at the ladder from the side it's on. What shape does that middle rung trace out as the ladder falls to the floor?

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This question is aimed at Mathematics department candidates in Oxford Christ Church College.

6. What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone?

PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) candidates should answer this question in the interview.

7. A large study appears to show that older siblings consistently score higher than younger siblings on IQ tests. Why would this be?

This example was aimed at prospective Psychology candidates.

8. BONUS: Tips and clues about questions from the professors

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If you would like to challenge yourself and have a look at these questions click here!

9. Conclusion:

Oxford interviews bring the following quote to mind.

When Einstein was asked the speed of sound, he replied:  

"[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.

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