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All interviews for 2021 entry (or deferred entry in 2022) will take place online; in most cases this will be via either Zoom or Whereby. Your invitation to interview will confirm which platform you’ll be using, what you’ll need for your interview, and details of how to access your interview on the day. We’ve also put together two short video guides (featured below) to help you set-up and prepare for your interview.

The content of your interview will be the same as if it was in person. You can find out more about Cambridge interviews on the What do interviews involve? and How should I prepare? pages.

At-interview assessments will also be conducted remotely in 2020. If you’ve applied to a course that requires you to take an at-interview assessment, please check the information about arrangements on our At-interview Assessments page. Further guidance will be provided by your College in your invitation to interview. If you have any queries about your At-interview assessment, please contact your College admissions office using the details provided in your invitation to interview.

What will I need?

For your online interview, you’ll need access to certain technology and resources (this will vary depending on the course that you’ve applied for).

All applicants will need the following:

  • a quiet location, free from distractions
  • a device with a webcam and microphone (make sure your device is fully charged/plugged in and you've tested the webcam/microphone in advance)
  • a good internet connection (close down any unused applications and ask others to avoid using the internet so that your connection is as strong as possible)
  • pen and paper

In addition to the above, some applicants (usually those who have applied to a Science/Mathematics course) will ideally have a tablet and stylus available. Your College will confirm what equipment you will need in your invitation to interview. Applicants who would normally be entitled to Free School Meals can speak to their College about the purchase of an inexpensive tablet to use in their interview.

The tablet and stylus will be used for interactive whiteboard tasks during your interview. If you don’t have access to a tablet and stylus, your College will let you know what to use instead. In some cases it may be possible to use a pen and paper as an alternative.

What if I don’t have access to the required technology?

If you don’t have access to a device with a webcam and microphone, please contact your College admissions office – their contact details will be in the correspondence you’ve received from the College.

What if the technology goes wrong or the internet connection is lost during my interview?

Don’t panic! If you lose your connection or encounter technical issues, try to reconnect to the interview. If you can’t get back into the interview, please contact your College admissions office. It’s useful to have a phone and your College admissions office contact details to hand, in case you need to do this.

What should I do to prepare and set-up?

You should ensure that you will have access to the equipment you’ll need for your interview (see above). It’s important to do this in advance so that you can notify your College if you won’t have access to the required resources.

You should also test the video conferencing platform that you’ll be using for your interview (your invitation to interview will confirm which platform you’ll be expected to use). Your friends, family or supporters may be able to help you with this. We’ve put together two videos that run through the process for Zoom and Whereby respectively (see below), which will help you to prepare and set up your test run.

Finally, it’s important to prepare for the content of the interview itself! Find out more about how to do this on the How should I prepare? page.

Video guides

A guide to online interviews using Zoom

A guide to online interviews using Whereby

Cambridge Interview Myths


Preparing for Interview


The Interview