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Admissions decisions at the University of Cambridge are based solely on academic criteria - your ability and your potential. Along with all the other information you provide, interviews help Admissions Tutors to assess your application.

We invite everyone who has a realistic chance of being offered a place to attend an interview – around 80 per cent of our applicants each year. Not all candidates who are interviewed will be successful/made an offer of a place, but all those who are made an offer will have been interviewed.

If English is not your first language, a reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview, for example an overall IELTS score of 6 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would normally be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application. Please see the English language requirements for standards that would be required by the time of entry.

We are aware of private companies and individuals who offer, at a charge, information and advice on our admissions process, assessments and interviews. We DO NOT support or encourage any of these commercial enterprises. None of these companies/individuals has access to any information that's not already available free of charge to all schools, colleges and individual students from College admissions offices, the Cambridge Admissions Office or Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU); and we’re unable to verify the accuracy of the information these companies/individuals may provide.

Preparing for Interview

The Interview