After the Situational Judgement Test
The assessment has been hampered by a marking fiasco and student concerns
- By: Isobel Weinberg
Perhaps medical students are always liable to feeling hard done by. But final year medical students have more reason than most this month. All students who were applying for UK junior doctor posts received the results of a long awaited and important exam, only to have it hastily retracted.
The exam in question is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), which was introduced this year and makes up half of the score medical students get in their Foundation Programme Application. The higher the score, the more choice students get in their location and choice of junior doctor job.
Some students complained that they felt the SJT was a poor reflection of all the hard work of medical school. “I sat the Situational Judgement Test yesterday and was left feeling demotivated, uninspired, and totally and utterly let down,” Beth Davies, a medical student at Birmingham University, wrote in a letter to the