Students hoping for a place at Oxford University may cram their minds full of knowledge to cope with intellectually searching interviews. When the questions come, though, they can be left baffled for a response.
This year has been no exception, with interview teasers including “Why do animals have stripes?”, “Why do human beings have two eyes?” and “Does poetry have to be difficult?”
Potential history undergraduates were asked: “Imagine we had no records about the past at all except everything to do with sport – how much of the past could we find out about?”
Or try: “Why are strawberries and ladybirds both red?” The point, according to Mike Nicholson, director of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, is that there are no right or wrong answers to the questions.
“The interviews are an academic conversation in a subject area between tutors and candidate, similar to an undergraduate tutorial,” he said. “And, like tutorials, the interviews are designed to push students to think, not recite specific facts or answers."
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