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SJT Test: Situational Judgement Test Tips

Looking for Situational Judgement Test tips? From managing your timing to answering practice questions, on this page we provide our top SJT test tips so you can be as prepared as possible on the day!

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Situational Judgement Test Tips: Part One

1. Understand what the test is looking for

The SJT test is designed to assess your professional attributes, such as:

So make sure you keep these things in mind when answering the questions!

2. SJT Test Practice

Make sure you do as much practice as you can. The themes in the exam are very similar each year, so spend some time familiarising yourself with the content. Make sure you have a go at the official SJT practice papers available to get an idea of the type of questions.

Remember there’s no negative marking, so you should aim to answer every question. It’s recommended that you spend around two minutes per question.

Try and understand the reasoning behind the answers so you can reflect on this and let this inform your answers in the real exam. Reading the GMC Best Practice booklet is also very helpful as it goes over what is expected from you as a doctor.

3. Put yourself in the shoes of an FY1 doctor

The aim of the SJT test is to see how you will respond if you were put in certain situations as an FY1 doctor. So when answering questions put your future FY1 hat on and think ‘what would I do as a newly qualified doctor?’ in this situation. Remember, you are at the very start of your career and it is always fine to ask for senior help if you feel the need.

Situational Judgement Test Tips: Part Two

1. Choose ONLY three answers

SJT marking is very strict. It is great there is no negative marking however, if you do not choose the correct number of answers you will score a big ZERO. Make sure that you only choose THREE options from the eight available. If you change your answer make sure you erase the option you longer need. And double check you haven’t accidentally erased two marks by mistake!

2. Read the question carefully

You will either be asked to choose the three most appropriate actions or the three most appropriate considerations to manage a specific situation. If you read the question quickly or choose three options without reading the question based on which three options sound most reasonable, you are very likely going to pick the wrong answers. Make sure you read the question carefully to see which it is asking for and answer accordingly.

3. Answer this section first

This section has less questions and each question is worth 12 marks compared to 20 in part one. Some students find it useful to complete this section first. Firstly, this exam is time pressured so you may run out of time towards the end. With part two it is very difficult to ‘guess’ the correct answer – you have 12.5% of getting it correct.

This differs from part one. In part one – if you do run out of time and just rank the five options in any order you will score at least a couple of points. In other words, you are less likely to score any points if you rush part two compared to part one. Obviously the aim is to pace yourself well to give you enough time to finish the exam on time, however this is a tip if you do find yourself running out of time.

Situational Judgement Test Tips: On the Day

Don’t forget to bring the following with you:


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