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What types of questions are usually asked in the History and Politics interview?
Original post by do de die egg
What types of questions are usually asked in the History and Politics interview?

It's quite hard to guess in advance what they'll ask, but there's a few common trends. Firstly, you'll almost definitely be asked about your written work, so be prepared for that. For history, there's a good chance they'll provide you with an unseen source and ask you questions about it, kinda similar to the HAT. They want to see your thought process and your critical thinking skills, so they'll be asking difficult questions you can't really prepare for. Politics interviews are even less predictable, as there's no written work. It's good to keep up to date with current affairs and politics, as they've been known to ask questions in this area in the past, but it's equally possible that this doesn't come up at all. When applying for History and Politics in particular, I'd make sure you're aware of why exactly you're applying for the joint-honours course, and why you think studying history and politics in combination is beneficial.

For some more information on the scoring criteria for interviews, have a look at this document here. Good luck!
https://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/History-Information_for_Applicants_2022-2023_FINAL.pdf
(edited 5 months ago)
Original post by emilyalexandria
It's quite hard to guess in advance what they'll ask, but there's a few common trends. Firstly, you'll almost definitely be asked about your written work, so be prepared for that. For history, there's a good chance they'll provide you with an unseen source and ask you questions about it, kinda similar to the HAT. They want to see your thought process and your critical thinking skills, so they'll be asking difficult questions you can't really prepare for. Politics interviews are even less predictable, as there's no written work. It's good to keep up to date with current affairs and politics, as they've been known to ask questions in this area in the past, but it's equally possible that this doesn't come up at all. When applying for History and Politics in particular, I'd make sure you're aware of why exactly you're applying for the joint-honours course, and why you think studying history and politics in combination is beneficial.

For some more information on the scoring criteria for interviews, have a look at this document here. Good luck!
https://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/History-Information_for_Applicants_2022-2023_FINAL.pdf


Thanks! This is useful information.

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