How do students prepare for the SJT?
For an exam as important as the SJT, students were advised that little could be done to prepare for this “unrevisable” test. The most reliable resource is the practice test offered on the UKFPO website, and General Medical Council guidance. There are many unofficial books, courses, and assessment websites that sprung up prior to the exam. After purchasing a few of these products I have little doubt that some were hastily prepared, containing an array of spelling mistakes and contradictions.
To find out what students thought of their SJT preparation and how confident they felt about their performance, I conducted a questionnaire of students who had recently sat the SJT.
The questionnaire was created using an online survey site and sent via email to final year medical students at Newcastle University and Imperial College London during January and February 2013. The questionnaire was closed before SJT results were released. The