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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.

Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That's around 75% of 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.

Financial support for interview travel costs

To enable applicants to come to interview in Cambridge, the Colleges are pleased to provide support for travel costs to students who are in local authority care and/or are currently eligible for Free School Meals and who attend a UK maintained sector school/college. Public transport travel costs between £20 and £80 will be reimbursed, and the Colleges will contact eligible applicants directly with further information when they’re invited to interview.

Language requirements

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.

External consultants

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 is 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 are unable to verify the accuracy of the information these companies/individuals may provide.

Preparing for Interview

The Interview

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