Situational Judgement Test (SJT) FAQs

SJT statement on phone bookings – 1 October 2021 (for applicants with approved reasonable adjustments who need to book their slot over the phone)

General

What is the SJT?

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is a test for employment and not a medical school exam. It is part of the selection process for entry to the Foundation and Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) to test the attributes needed to work as a foundation doctor.

Introductory video about the SJT

Key information about the SJT

FP 2022 SJT Guidance

Who needs to take the SJT?

All applicants for the two-year foundation programme (provisionally registered doctors) need to sit the SJT and achieve a satisfactory score in accordance with the national person specification.

All applicants to the F2-Standalone Programme need to sit a separate SJT. For FAQs specific to either the 2 Year Foundation Programme or the F2 Stand-alone Programme, please refer to the relevant section below.

What is the format of the SJT and how many questions will there be?

NDA

A non-disclosure agreement which you must accept in order to progress to the actual test

Untimed

Tutorial (5 mins)

An optional tutorial to help you understand the basic functionality of the computer-based test and how to navigate through it and select your responses

SJT section 1 (70 mins)

Typically 37 scenarios (19 multiple choice and 18 rating scenarios), each with several questions to respond to

Comfort Break (10 mins)

An optional break

SJT section 2 (70 mins)

Typically 38 ranking scenarios, each with several questions to respond to

Survey (10mins)

An optional survey to enable you to give feedback

How do reasonable adjustments work?

You will have the option to apply for reasonable adjustments on the national FP allocation. There is no separate form required and evidence is not required at the time of application, but may be requested as needed. The application form allows you to select the adjustment(s) you need.

Please note, reasonable adjustments may differ from those you have been granted in university and depending on the adjustment needed, you may required to sit the test at a Pearson VUE centre. (More information regarding this is available in the guidance).

Contact numbers for Pearson VUE can be found on their website.

What accommodations are included already?

Please visit Pearson VUE for information on accommodations already available without requesting reasonable adjustments.

How can I prepare for the SJT?

Sample questions can be found here.

Can I appeal against my SJT score?

No.

Where will I sit the SJT?

The SJT will be available for booking at all Pearson VUE centres all over the world or via remote proctoring. Locations can be found on the Pearson VUE website

What ID should I take with me to my SJT?

Please review the SJT ID requirements on this page.

What happens if I am unwell or there is a serious reason why I am unable to sit the SJT?

You will be able to apply for extenuating circumstances in advance of your test booking (i.e. not retrospectively) and if approved, will be offered the chance to sit the SJT on a pre-planned contingency date. Please refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances on the UKFPO website in the Resource Bank.

If I book a test but need to change the date and time at a later stage, is this possible?

If you wish to cancel your test, you may do this via your Pearson VUE account for the test in question. You may be required to cancel your current booking in order to re-book. Test appointments must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 48 hours before the initial appointment.

If you are an applicant with a pre-approved adjustment and wish to cancel your test, please contact Pearson VUE.

Please bear in mind that availability at the test centre location(s) you wish to attend may be limited depending on how late you leave it to change your booking. The booking of test slots will be on a first come, first served basis.

What happens if I am late for the test?

Applicants can start the test up to 15 minutes late. We recommend that applicants plan to get to the test centre 30 minutes early to account for transport delays or traffic. Applicants are not guaranteed an opportunity to reschedule and their applications may be withdrawn.

What headphones am I allowed to use?

If you are sitting the test at a Pearson Vue test centre, headphones will be provided for you. If you choose to complete the test remotely, you will need to use wired headphones (i.e. non-Bluetooth headphones). You will not be able to use speakers and you must use wired headphones.

What happens if my internet or computer breaks during the test?

In this situation, applicants should refer to the extenuating circumstances guidance. All applicants should ensure they are familiar with SJT guidance and also complete a system check prior to booking their test to be sure their device and test enviroment meets the requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they have fully read the guidance and have undertaken a system check with Pearson VUE prior to booking the SJT. In the event that your SJT fails, there will be no opportunity to re-schedule unless it can be proven that the test failed due to circumstances beyond your control (for example, Pearson VUE’s system failing). Test failures resulting from incorrect system requirements, lack of access to admin rights, test environment etc will result in you being unable to re-take the SJT and you will therefore be withdrawn from the application process.

Can I refer to notes or textbooks, or use a notepad/paper, while I sit the test?

No. Textbooks or notes cannot be referred to, and you must not have a notepad or paper on your desk while you sit the test. If you are taking the text remotely, you must ensure that your test environment is clear of any written material(text books/notes/paper) and you will be able to scan your room. However, a “whiteboard” feature is available for OnVUE Online proctored only. It is a feature that candidates can use while taking the online proctored exam. It gives candidates the option to work through items visually by entering notes or drawing shapes.If you are taking the test in a test centre, you will be able to use a physical whiteboard which will be wiped clear once you have finished.

What if I need a comfort break?

Details of the unscheduled comfort break and refreshments and the optional scheduled breaks can be found on Page 10 of the FP2022 SJT Guidance.

2 Year Foundation Programmes

I have previously applied to the Foundation Programme, can my previous SJT score be carried forward?

No.

How long is the test?

2 hours and 20 minutes.

What do I need to score in the SJT to be accepted onto the Foundation Programme?

There is no pass or fail mark. Applicants with exceptionally low scores will be invited to a review. For more detailed information on how the SJT is marked, please refer to the Applicant Handbook.

Can I reschedule my SJT Booking?

The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) and British Medical Association (BMA) would like to remind applicants that it is possible to change their SJT exam booking up to 48 hours in advance of the current scheduled appointment start time. Pearson Vue review slot availability on a regular basis, so it may be that slots have opened up in venues which previously appeared to be fully booked.

 Applicants who wish to take advantage of this option, should log into their Pearson VUE account at their earliest convenience.  Appointment slots are very much subject to availability, ​so a change to your appointment cannot be guaranteed. We anticipate that there will not be a large amount of availability for rebooking however there is a possibility that you can change your appointment up to 48 hours before you are due to sit the exam.

 

Instructions for rescheduling

To make changes to your appointment, you will need to sign in at www.pearsonvue.com/ukfp, select your upcoming appointment and choose Reschedule

 If you have had reasonable adjustments applied to your booking, other than a simple time extension, you will not be able to make changes to your appointment via the website, and must instead call Pearson VUE Customer Services within the published operating hours. Contact details are list​ed on the website at www.pearsonvue.com/ukfp/contact.

 If you wish to change the delivery method (i.e. you are scheduled for a test centre appointment and now wish to book for an OnVUE delivery online from your home or office, or vice versa) you will first need to cancel and give up your scheduled appointment and then choose to book a new appointment, selecting the required delivery method.

 For further information or support, please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services in the first instance.

F2 Stand-alone Programme 2021 (For Information Only, to be updated for 2022)

I have previously applied to the F2 Stand-alone Programme, can my previous SJT score be carried forward?

All applicants that are successfully longlisted are required to sit the SJT and scores from previous tests cannot be used.

How long is the test?

45 minutes.

What is the format of the F2 Stand-alone SJT?

TBC

Are the scenarios in the SJT specific to F2 doctors?

The scenarios are based on the presumption that the candidate is a doctor. You should answer based on what you think you should do in that scenario.

More information on the SJT can be found on our Forms and Guidance page.