Situational Judgement Test (SJT) FAQs

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 Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) to test the attributes needed to work as a foundation doctor.

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 further information, please refer to the F2-Standalone guidance.

How can I prepare for the SJT?

A practice paper will be made available from August 2020.

How long is the test?

2 hours and 20 minutes.

Can I appeal against my SJT score?


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


How do I apply for reasonable adjustments?

You will have the option to apply for reasonable adjustments. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments guidance under resources.

Where will I sit the SJT?

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

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 exceptional circumstances to be offered the chance to sit the SJT on a different date. Please refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances on the UKFPO website in the Resource Bank.

Don’t forget to look at our resources bank here which contains further information and guidance.