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Important communication regarding the FP 2013 allocation process

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Important communication regarding the FP 2013 allocation process

Published: 26/02/2013

We regret to inform FP2013 applicants that the Medical Schools Council (MSC) has brought to the attention of the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) a potential error in the scanning process of the Situational Judgement Test answer sheets that may have affected the scores for some applicants.

Due to the nature of the potential issue, the UKFPO has made the decision to manually remark all the affected answer sheets. It is possible that some SJT scores will be increased as a consequence of the manual check, and if this is the case, the UKFPO may have to re-run the allocation algorithm.

Please be assured that the decision to re-run the algorithm will not be taken lightly, but if any discrepancy in scores is detected, then it will be the fairest and most transparent way of ensuring that any applicants who received a lower mark because of this error are awarded the marks they deserve.

All those who sat the SJT received their results at 9am on the 25th of February. The outcome of the allocation to UoA may now be subject to change.

The UKFPO and MSC do not underestimate the anxiety that this may cause, and are working collaboratively to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. The UKFPO will keep those involved in the application process well informed throughout this procedure, and it is hoped that if the allocation algorithm needs to be re-run, applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of next week at the latest.

The machine-marked SJT is a well-established method of assessment and it does not affect the validity or reliability of the assessment. The UKFPO would also like to inform all concerned that this issue has been caused by an off-line process and not by the Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS).

This is the first round of an important project to improve selection to the Foundation Programme and the UKFPO and MSC are taking the lessons learned from this incident extremely seriously to make the process stronger in the future.

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