5 Tips for Preparing for the Situational Judgement Test
One of the more difficult parts of the Foundation Programme application process comes in the Situational Judgement Test. Here you’ll be asked to put yourself into the kind of situations you may face as a FY1 doctor and come up with a solution. As such, it won’t rely on your academic training or theoretical knowledge, but your skills, commitment and passion for being a doctor.
Many people believe that because of this there isn’t much you can do to prepare, but that’s not entirely true. Here are five ways you can prepare yourself.
The SJT is an invigilated test which assesses how you stack up against the professional skills expected of a foundation doctor.
During this test you’ll be presented with situations and asked to respond as if you are already an FY1 doctor. The intention is to see how you will cope with all the challenges daily life as a doctor will throw at you.
It’s a paper-based test with questions presenting real-life scenarios and seeing how you would respond. Example questions might run along these lines: “While rewriting a patient’s drug chart you notice that one of your colleagues has prescribed enoxaparin for a patient who is also on warfarin. What do you do?” It will then present a series of possible answers.
Taking the test can be gruelling in itself and being asked to answer all those questions and make decisions can be tiring.
Your brain can suffer from decision-making fatigue which may see your results tail off towards the end of the paper, so make sure you bring plenty of water with you into the test to stay as fresh as possible.