Medical Student SJTs
The Situational Judgement Test forms part of your application to the Foundation Programme and assesses your professional attributes as a soon-to-be Foundation Doctor
5 things you need to know about the Medical Student SJTs exam:
Applicants & Assessments
The Situational Judgement Test is for students in their final year of medical school as part of the selection process to the Foundation Programme. The test examines the professional qualities expected of a Foundation Doctor, so answer as if you were one. These measurements of your attributes test your Commitment to Professionalism, Coping with Pressure, Effective Communication, Patient Focus, and Working Effectively as Part of a Team.
The SJT is a paper-based exam lasting for two hours and 20 minutes, and in the UK can be taken on one of two national dates. The paper contains 70 questions and is split into question types: ranking of five possible answers, and choose three from eight possible answers. The same following question formats are available in Pastest’s Qbank, to help you practice answering them to save you time during the real test.
Preparation & Practice
One way to prepare for the Situational Judgement Test is to examine the qualities and skills required as an FY1 doctor. For this approach, it might be useful to read the Good Medical Practice guidelines, and subsequently assess the GMP scenarios in action. Another way to understand the attributes needed would be to read through the Person Specification essential criteria file from the UKFPO (UK Foundation Programme), to ensure you know how to behave and answer questions appropriately.
The specific scenarios found in the SJT are designed and developed especially for final year medical students, and are set in the context of the Foundation Programme. Every question intentionally avoids asking about policies or procedures that you may not encounter until the Foundation Programme, and therefore again shows how it is geared towards whether you possess the professional attributes required of you. So be sure to familiarise yourself with those required skills.
Marking & Measuring
The SJT exam is machine-marked, compared against a pre-determined scoring key for each question. This means that the questions are ranked in terms of each response, with points given even for ‘near misses’, so even an answer not exactly right can earn you marks. Because of this, there is no option for negative marking, so be sure to answer every question; you’ll only miss out on marks if you don’t try to answer.