Are you actually smart enough to get into Oxbridge?
If you can answer half of these questions you’re a genius
Every year Oxford release a sample of their interview questions, they’re usually really difficult, thought provoking and occasionally just plain weird.
Sample questions came out a few weeks ago, ahead of the interviews that are currently taking place for shortlisted applicants.
The questions are:
•Is war the opposite of politics?
•What is the significance of the brain’s ‘face area’, and it being stimulated when people see and recognise faces?
The questions aren’t necessarily about getting a right answer. They’re more about critical thinking skills.
Professor Nick Yeung, a professor of neuroscience at Oxford explained: “Because one of the really important things that we want to look at is, how does the person think when they don’t already know the answer.”
Still, I swear they get more difficult as the years go on.
See if you could actually answer any of the below questions and if you can, you’re Oxbridge material.
Q: How much of the past can you count?
Q: Why do some habitats support higher biodiversity than others?
Q: An experiment appears to suggest Welsh speakers are worse at remembering phone numbers than English speakers. Why?
Q: Do Bankers deserve the pay they receive? And should government do something to limit how much they get?
Q: Why is sugar in your urine a good indicator that you might have diabetes?
Q: Imagine that 100 people all put £1 into a pot for a prize that will go to the winner of a simple game. Each person has to choose a number between 0 and 100. The prize goes to the person whose number is closest to 2/3 of the average of all of the numbers chosen. What number will you choose, and why?
Q: Can archaeology ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ the Bible?
Q: What makes a novel or play ‘political’?
Q. About 1 in 4 deaths in the UK is due to some form of cancer, yet in the Philippines the figure is only around 1 in 10. What factors might underlie this difference?
Q: What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone?
Q: A large study appears to show that older siblings consistently score higher than younger siblings on IQ tests. Why would this be?
Q: ‘I agree that air transport contributes to harmful climate change. But whether or not I make a given plane journey, the plane will fly anyway. So there is no moral reason for me to not travel by plane.’ Is this a convincing argument?
Q: Put these countries in order by their crude mortality (deaths per thousand of the population): Bangladesh, Japan, South Africa, the UK.
Q: The viruses that infect us are totally dependent on human cells for their reproduction; is it therefore surprising that viruses cause human diseases?
Q: What are the different ways in which you listen to music? How does that change the way in which you think about what you’re listening to?
Q: How many different molecules can be made from six carbon atoms and twelve hydrogen atoms?
Q: How can we estimate the mass of the atmosphere?
Q: What can historians not find out about the past?
Other questions from previous interviews
Q: Instead of politicians, why don’t we let the managers of Ikea run the country?
Q: If a wife had expressed distaste for it previously, would her husband’s habit of putting marmalade in his egg at breakfast be grounds for divorce?
Q: At what point is a person “dead”?
Q:What would you do if I were a magpie?
Q: If my friend locks me in a room, and says I am free to come out whenever I like so long as I pay £5, is this a deprivation of liberty?
Q:How would you poison someone without the police finding out?
Q: What happens when I drop an ant?
Q: Are you cool?
Q:Should someone sell their kidney?
Q:If there was an omnipotent god, would he be able to create a stone that he couldn’t lift?
Q:Why can’t you light a candle in a space ship?
Q:Can history stop the next war?
Q:Where does honesty fit into law?
Q:What books are bad for you?
Q:Does a snail have a consciousness?
Q:Think of a painting of a tree. Is the tree real?
Q:What is the point of using NHS money to keep old people alive?
Q:Is the Bible a fictional work? Could it be called chick lit?
Q:Do you think chairman Mao would have been proud of china today?
Q:Why isn’t there a global government?
Q:If you’re not in California, how do you know it exists?
Q:What is the population of Croydon?
Q:Are there too many people in the world?
Q:Was Romeo impulsive?
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