Person Specification Criteria


Applications will have a maximum score of 100 points and this will consist of two components:

  1. Educational Performance Measure (EPM) – 50 points maximum 
  2. Situational Judgement Test (SJT) – 50 points maximum 

The EPM and SJT are added together to make the total score. From this, the applicants are then matched in accordance with their score and preference.

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 two elements: medical school performance in deciles for which 34-43 points are available, and educational achievements, which are worth up to 7 points. A maximum of 50 points is available.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The SJT is an assessment methodology designed to test aptitude for employment and the professional attributes expected of a Foundation doctor, as defined in the 2019 National Person Specification. It is used for selection to the Foundation Programme together with the Educational Performance Measure and presents applicants with hypothetical work-relevant scenarios asking for non-clinical judgments about possible responses.

While the evaluation of the SJT for selection to the Foundation Programme is ongoing, research into SJTs as a measurement methodology shows that they are a valid and reliable selection tool and can help predict later job performance.

The SJT is taken under invigilated conditions and consists of 70 questions in 2.4 hours. It contains 2 question formats: rank 5 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 2019, including the Academic Foundation Programme, are required to take the SJT in the UK on either:

10.00 – 12.20 GMT, Friday 7 December 2018

10.00 – 12.20 GMT, Monday 7 January 2019