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The Situational Judgement Test


The Situational Judgement Test, or SJT, is a multiple-choice examination for entry into the Foundation Programme, usually taken during an applicant’s final year of medical school. The SJT is managed by the UK Foundation Programme Office, and is worth a maximum of 50 points of the Foundation Programme application, with the other 50 available points earned through the Educational Performance Measure, or EPM.


Structure

The SJT is an invigilated exam lasting 140 minutes, designed to test an applicant’s knowledge of an F1 doctor’s role. Despite this, there is no requirement that the applicant have specific clinical experience, but rather the personal attributes appropriate to the role – there is an expectation that candidates will respond as F1 doctors, they don’t need to be F1 doctors.

Over two hours and 20 minutes, FP applicants will answer 70 questions – 10 of which are pilot questions. The pilot questions do not contribute to the candidate’s raw score, and are there purely for quality-control and calibration purposes. Of the 60 remaining live questions, around two-thirds will be comprised of ranking questions, with the remaining questions answered through multiple choice. For questions in part one of the SJT, candidates will rank five responses to clinical scenarios in order of preference. In the second part, candidates will again be presented with different clinical scenarios, but will have to choose three options from a possible eight.

The questions often appear to lack the information required to make a fully-informed decision. The candidate is therefore required to think as a junior doctor, and make the sort of judgement calls required during the Foundation Programme.

Situational Judgement Test Dates

For 2018/19, there are two SJT dates: 7th December 2018, and 7th January 2019.

Key Competences

The SJT examines the attributes drawn from the F1 person specification, and aims to assess candidate’s hypothetical ability to

The SJT doesn’t require experience of the situations it employs, but rather an ability to apply real-world experience and personal attributes – including integrity, resilience, and flexibility – to situations that may arise in future.

Specific Behaviours

The UKFPO have released a vast amount of information about the behaviours they are looking for in a potential F1 doctor. Whilst many are difficult to display in the SJT, it is important for the candidate to role play as an F1 doctor, considering the below descriptors when answering the SJT.

The UKFPO want to see evidence that a candidate

 

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