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How to succeed in a Situational Judgement Test

Although this new assessment tests judgment, preparation is possible

  • By: Mahibur Rahman
  • Published: 13 November 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e6953
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e6953

All final year medical students in the UK applying for entry to the foundation programme (junior doctor posts) in 2013 will be required to sit a situational judgement test (SJT) in December 2012 or January 2013. Performance in this assessment will be important in determining where students will work for the first two years after graduation.

SJT questions have been used in medical recruitment since 2007, as part of the national GP recruitment process. They have since been piloted or used for recruitment to other specialties, including public health and core medical training. The use of SJT questions was piloted in 2010 and 2011 for final year medical students applying for foundation programme entry. The pilots showed that the SJT was capable of differentiating between applicants and that it was a reliable selection method.1

Ranking questions make up about two thirds of the paper, with selection questions making up the

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