JMR2019.
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#1
Hi all,
This is a thread for PPE applicants to discuss how we’re preparing for interviews and any tips/questions you can think of!
0
reply
Toughcookman
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 year ago
#2
Thanks for setting this up!

I'm actually worried about the economics part of the interview. I didn't do maths a level nor economics so I'm reading now a book I found called "An Outline of the Principles of Economics" from like the 40's (apparently still relevant) and trying to keep up to date with economic news. Apart from that can anyone recommend me how or what to prepare for the interview itself?
0
reply
FastLink
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#3
Report 1 year ago
#3
(Original post by Toughcookman)
Thanks for setting this up!

I'm actually worried about the economics part of the interview. I didn't do maths a level nor economics so I'm reading now a book I found called "An Outline of the Principles of Economics" from like the 40's (apparently still relevant) and trying to keep up to date with economic news. Apart from that can anyone recommend me how or what to prepare for the interview itself?
I'd also appreciate some advice regarding the economics part. What kind of math question could they ask us? Is there like a guideline for the maths required in the interview?
0
reply
Chaulh01
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#4
Report 1 year ago
#4
(Original post by Toughcookman)
Thanks for setting this up!

I'm actually worried about the economics part of the interview. I didn't do maths a level nor economics so I'm reading now a book I found called "An Outline of the Principles of Economics" from like the 40's (apparently still relevant) and trying to keep up to date with economic news. Apart from that can anyone recommend me how or what to prepare for the interview itself?
Actually I would recommend you read a newer book on economics as most of the academic discussion between keynesian economics and neoliberalism as well as on economic globalisation and socialism happens in the latter part of the 20th century and the early 21st. So maybe your book from the 40s may give you a basic idea of how economics work but I think if you supplement it with a newer book, perhaps published in the 2010s, then you'll be much more prepared in answering questions regarding modern day economies in the interview!
0
reply
Chaulh01
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#5
Report 1 year ago
#5
(Original post by FastLink)
I'd also appreciate some advice regarding the economics part. What kind of math question could they ask us? Is there like a guideline for the maths required in the interview?
I have heard that they may simply give you a random function and ask you to draw the curve of the equation on a coordinate plane, but other than those, I think most math questions in the interviews would be either related to game theory or similar to the kind of small puzzles that we find in the TSA.
0
reply
JMR2019.
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#6
(Original post by Chaulh01)
I have heard that they may simply give you a random function and ask you to draw the curve of the equation on a coordinate plane, but other than those, I think most math questions in the interviews would be either related to game theory or similar to the kind of small puzzles that we find in the TSA.
I’ve only done maths up to first year, will need to go over some calculus 😐
0
reply
Toughcookman
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#7
Report 1 year ago
#7
(Original post by Chaulh01)
Actually I would recommend you read a newer book on economics as most of the academic discussion between keynesian economics and neoliberalism as well as on economic globalisation and socialism happens in the latter part of the 20th century and the early 21st. So maybe your book from the 40s may give you a basic idea of how economics work but I think if you supplement it with a newer book, perhaps published in the 2010s, then you'll be much more prepared in answering questions regarding modern day economies in the interview!
Ah ok, any books you'd recommend?

Also, anything particular in maths that I should focus for revision/studying to prepare? I have a book called Mathematical analysis for economists (from the 30s this time 😂) but it seems like the later chapters are much more advanced. The first chapters are about variable, diagrams of functions and "elementary analytic geometry" - is that a good enough basis?
0
reply
georgetbarber
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#8
Report 1 year ago
#8
How much philosophy have people read?
0
reply
music4cars
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#9
Report 1 year ago
#9
I’m just going over my personal statement and making sure I know absolutely everything in that and any potential question that could come from it. I’m rereading The Economist and Financial Times from the past few weeks to try and pick out some articles I’ve enjoyed, rereading some intro to philosophy books just to have an idea on the basics to try and apply to whatever they decide to throw at us I’m also gonna start some game theory problem solving too because I struggle with that so much.
0
reply
georgetbarber
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#10
Report 1 year ago
#10
(Original post by music4cars)
I’m just going over my personal statement and making sure I know absolutely everything in that and any potential question that could come from it. I’m rereading The Economist and Financial Times from the past few weeks to try and pick out some articles I’ve enjoyed, rereading some intro to philosophy books just to have an idea on the basics to try and apply to whatever they decide to throw at us I’m also gonna start some game theory problem solving too because I struggle with that so much.
Is game theory something you talked about in your PS or are we expected to know it?? I don’t do economics a level so only know a bit about it
0
reply
CharlotteJames
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#11
Report 1 year ago
#11
Does anyone know specially what kind of maths we should prepare for? Maths is not my strong suit and I don’t take Econ A Level and now I’m really stressing 😂
0
reply
JMR2019.
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#12
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#12
(Original post by CharlotteJames)
Does anyone know specially what kind of maths we should prepare for? Maths is not my strong suit and I don’t take Econ A Level and now I’m really stressing 😂
Yh same here, I’ve heard you should revise some calculus like differentiation and integration and graphs from that. So maybe just brush over some of that. But if you’ve not done maths since GCSE then I’m guessing they won’t expect that? I only did it for first year A level.
0
reply
music4cars
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#13
Report 1 year ago
#13
(Original post by georgetbarber)
Is game theory something you talked about in your PS or are we expected to know it?? I don’t do economics a level so only know a bit about it
we don’t really study it at A level we briefly went over it (i do A level economics) but i’ve heard they like to see how we cope with stuff like that so i’m just trying to prepare myself as much as possible haha, I didn’t mention it in my statement.
0
reply
CharlotteJames
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#14
Report 1 year ago
#14
(Original post by JMR2018)
Yh same here, I’ve heard you should revise some calculus like differentiation and integration and graphs from that. So maybe just brush over some of that. But if you’ve not done maths since GCSE then I’m guessing they won’t expect that? I only did it for first year A level.
I’m going to go over some differentiation but I’m not really sure what else to expect. I haven’t done maths in a while and whilst I know I could pick it up quickly if I was taught I feel like I’m basically teaching myself it for the first time 😭
0
reply
georgetbarber
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#15
Report 1 year ago
#15
(Original post by music4cars)
we don’t really study it at A level we briefly went over it (i do A level economics) but i’ve heard they like to see how we cope with stuff like that so i’m just trying to prepare myself as much as possible haha, I didn’t mention it in my statement.
Ohh ok thanks, how would they test how you ‘cope with’ game theory so to speak?
0
reply
music4cars
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#16
Report 1 year ago
#16
(Original post by georgetbarber)
Ohh ok thanks, how would they test how you ‘cope with’ game theory so to speak?
I’m not exactly sure, I’ve heard that they sometimes give problems such as the Pirate game (if you google it it should come up)
0
reply
JMR2019.
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#17
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#17
Crash course philosophy YouTube channel is pretty good if you need to brush up on the basics (or crash course for economics or politics too!)
0
reply
student234567
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#18
Report 1 year ago
#18
(Original post by Toughcookman)
Thanks for setting this up!

I'm actually worried about the economics part of the interview. I didn't do maths a level nor economics so I'm reading now a book I found called "An Outline of the Principles of Economics" from like the 40's (apparently still relevant) and trying to keep up to date with economic news. Apart from that can anyone recommend me how or what to prepare for the interview itself?
Hey! I am not sure why I am reading this but I am a current PPE student at Oxford and I would highly recommend going over basic maths rather than economics. In my interview, it was quite literally nearly all maths they asked me about. But don’t worry if you haven’t done maths or economics, they won’t assume knowledge.
1
reply
Toughcookman
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#19
Report 1 year ago
#19
(Original post by student234567)
Hey! I am not sure why I am reading this but I am a current PPE student at Oxford and I would highly recommend going over basic maths rather than economics. In my interview, it was quite literally nearly all maths they asked me about. But don’t worry if you haven’t done maths or economics, they won’t assume knowledge.
Ah that's good to hear. Economics is the one I've most been stressing about to be honest so thanks for that.

Like I have a good grasp of it and once the terms are explained I get on with it well, especially the maths once it's been explained, its just I have some gaps in my knowledge.
0
reply
JMR2019.
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#20
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#20
(Original post by student234567)
Hey! I am not sure why I am reading this but I am a current PPE student at Oxford and I would highly recommend going over basic maths rather than economics. In my interview, it was quite literally nearly all maths they asked me about. But don’t worry if you haven’t done maths or economics, they won’t assume knowledge.
What kind of maths could they ask? I've only done up to first year A level.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • University of Oxford
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Wed, 1 Jul '20
  • University of Oxford
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Thu, 2 Jul '20
  • University of Oxford
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 18 Sep '20

Which party will you be voting for in the General Election?

Conservatives (171)
19.06%
Labour (457)
50.95%
Liberal Democrats (120)
13.38%
Green Party (53)
5.91%
Brexit Party (13)
1.45%
Independent Group for Change (Change UK) (4)
0.45%
SNP (15)
1.67%
Plaid Cymru (4)
0.45%
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (0)
0%
Sinn Fein (6)
0.67%
SDLP (1)
0.11%
Ulster Unionist (4)
0.45%
UKIP (9)
1%
Other (8)
0.89%
None (32)
3.57%

Watched Threads

View All