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 2014, including the Academic Foundation Programme, are required to take the SJT in the UK on either:
• Friday 6 December 2013
• Monday 6 January 2014
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 Quality Controls
Please click here to read the Quality Controls that have been put in place for the FP 2014 SJT.
FP 2013 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 2013 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.
Process for reviewing exceptionally low SJT scores
The FP 2014 process for reviewing exceptionally low SJT scores has now been agreed, and will include a face to face review for those applicants identified as having an exceptionally low SJT score. Full details of the process can be found in the applicant guidance below:
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/UKFPO)
PDFs of the practice paper, questions and rationales are also available. Please click the relevant link below.
Extenutating Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustments
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 academic achievements, 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.