Passing the situational judgement test
How to answer questions and plan your time
- By: Michael Shaw, Nishanthan Mahesan
The situational judgement test (SJT) has been used since 2012 by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) as one of the components to allocate students to places on the foundation programme. The test comprises 70 questions and must be answered with pencil and paper within the time limit of 140 minutes.
For most students, this will be their first experience of medical job applications and will determine where they work and train for the next two years. It is therefore no surprise that the application process causes some anxiety, particularly the SJT. Most exams at medical school are knowledge based and have answers that are clear cut. In contrast, the SJT presents scenarios that require careful consideration, with the application of clinical guidelines from professional bodies and the appropriate assessment of priorities.
The SJT is unlike any other exam that students might have encountered at medical school. Although it may