Natural Sciences Oxford & Cambridge University Interview Questions

Past admissions interview questions for Natural Sciences

  • What would you do if I were a Magpie? (Bright Knowledge)

  • How many animals did Moses take on the arc? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • On a hot day, what should you do with a fridge? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • If a carrot can grow form one carrot cell, why not a human? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • Discuss ways in which plants are adapted to dry conditions. (Oxbridge Applications)

  • Why are big, fierce animals so rare? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • How does the immune system recognise invading pathogens as foreign cells? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • Write down an organic reaction you have studied at school and explain its mechanism. (Oxbridge Applications)

  • What makes some chemicals explosive? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • When an ice cube melts in a glass of water, does the water level increase, decrease or stay the same? (Oxbridge Applications)

  • Describe a potato and then compare it to an onion. (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • Why don't animals have wheels? (Scribd)

  • do you think Neanderthals understood the concept of death (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • if you were a rat what would be the most important thing to you? (I think he wanted me to say food!)(Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • is it an advantage for a virus to kill its host? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • is there blood in your brain (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • how does an electric guitar work? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • how would you cope if you weren't getting top grades if you were studying here?(Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • if I wanted to create a new strain of potatoes that were purple, how would I go about doing this? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • if you had to look back on 2005 in ten years' time, what would you tell people about it? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

  • which way is the earth spinning? (Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications)

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