The Foundation Programme

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The SJT replaces the previous ‘white space’ application form questions as a measure of meeting the national person specification. The SJT is taken in exam conditions, and consists of 70 questions in 2 hours 20 minutes. It contains two question formats: rank five possible responses in order and select the three most appropriate responses.  A maximum of 50 points is available.

All applicants to the Foundation Programme commencing in August 2015, including the Academic Foundation Programme, are required to take the SJT in the UK on either:

• Friday 5 December 2014
• Friday 9 January 2015

An applicant’s UK medical school or the UK Foundation Programme Office’s (UKFPO) Eligibility Office will provide information on which date(s) is/are available and how to book a place once confirmed as eligible to apply. 

SJT Monograph

Understanding your SJT score


Process for reviewing low SJT scores

In the FP 2015 Applicant's Handbook, the UKFPO confirmed that as in previous years, applicants with exceptionally low SJT scores would have their applications reviewed, and that details of this process would be published prior to the date of the first SJT.

The process for FP/AFP 2015 has now been finalised and once again includes a face to face review of the SJT outcome for those applicants identified as having an exceptionally low SJT score. 

Details of the process can be found in the appliant guidance below:

FP 2015 Process for reviewing exceptionally low SJT scores

FP 2015 Extenuating Circumstances Guidance for low scoring SJT reviews


SJT Quality Controls

Please click here to read the Quality Controls that were put in place for the FP 2014 SJT. 

FP 2014 SJT Technical Report 

Work Psychology Group has produced a technical report which provides an overview of the results from the operational delivery of the FP 2014 SJT. It is divided into three parts - the development process for SJT items; the results and analysis of the operational SJT and initial analysis of the trial items; and a summary and recommendations going forward. Please click the link below to download the report.

FP2014 SJT Technical Report


Process for reviewing exceptionally low SJT scores

Click here to download the FP 2015 process for reviewing exceptionally low SJT scores.


SJT Practice Paper

The UKPO and MSC have produced an extended online interactive SJT practice paper to help you familiarise yourself with the test format in preparation to take the test later this year. The test is made up of 70 questions in 2 hours 20 minutes, and gives you the answers and rationales to these questions. 

Please click the link below to take the test.

SJT Practice Paper (please note the questions, answers and rationales in this paper are copyrighted MSC Assessment)


PDFs of the practice paper, questions and rationales are also available. Please click the relevant link below.

SJT Practice Paper

SJT Practice Paper large print

SJT Answers & Rationales

SJT Answers & Rationales large print

Illustrative Machine Markable Answersheet 

Extenutating Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustments

FP/AFP 2015 Extenuating Circumstances Guidance and Form

FP/AFP 2015 Reasonable Adjustments Guidance and Form


SJT Video


Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

The EPM is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application. The EPM comprises three elements; medical school performance to date in deciles (replacing previous quartiles), for which 34-43 points are available; additional degrees, which are worth up to 5 points; and publications, for which up to 2 points are available. A maximum of 50 points are available.
All applicants to the Foundation Programme, including the Academic Foundation Programme, will be awarded an EPM score.

EPM Framework


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