Situational Judgement Test (SJT) FAQs

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 Programme (this includes FP, SFP and FPP) to test the attributes needed to work as a foundation doctor.

Introductory video about the SJT

Key information about the SJT

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, refer to the relevant section below.

How long is my SJT score valid for?

Your SJT outcome will be valid for the entirety of the year in which it was undertaken. If you sit the SJT in one year and you choose to re-apply in a subsequent year, you will be required to re-sit the SJT.

Can I reschedule my SJT booking?

More than 48 hours before my scheduled booking: Yes, you can.

Less than 48 hours before my scheduled booking: No, you can’t. Please check to see if the Extenuating Circumstances Policy applies.

Re-schedule Policy: If you wish to change the location, date, and/or time of your test, you can reschedule your appointment via the Pearson VUE website or by contacting Pearson VUE customer service, up to 48 hours before the scheduled start time of your existing booking.

Please be aware that alternative test centre slots are subject to availability; and, once the designated booking period has ended, availability in test centres may be very limited.

If you decide to change delivery method (e.g., change from a test centre appointment to a remote delivery via OnVUE) you will first have to cancel your existing booking and then book a new appointment choosing the preferred delivery method.

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 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: https://home.pearsonvue.com/ukfp/contact.

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

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 within the national FP application form. 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.

Note that 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?

Visit Pearson VUE for information on accommodations already available without requesting reasonable adjustments (for example, “approved comfort aids”.

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?

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 (that is, not retrospectively) and if approved, will be offered the chance to sit the SJT on a pre-planned contingency date. Refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances in the UKFPO Resource Bank.

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 (that is, 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?

There is a scheduled comfort break option for all UKFP applicants sitting the SJT (details are in the SJT guide). Information about unscheduled comfort breaks for applicants sitting the SJT in a test centre is also provided.

2 Year Foundation Programmes

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

No. Your SJT outcome will be valid for the entirety of the year in which it was undertaken. If you sit the SJT in one year and you choose to re-apply in a subsequent year, you will be required to re-sit the SJT.

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, refer to the Applicant Handbook.

Can I reschedule my SJT booking?

More than 48 hours before my scheduled booking: Yes, you can.

Less than 48 hours before my scheduled booking: No, you can’t. Please check to see if the Extenuating Circumstances Policy applies.

Re-schedule Policy: If you wish to change the location, date, and/or time of your test, you can reschedule your appointment via the Pearson VUE website or by contacting Pearson VUE customer service, up to 48 hours before the scheduled start time of your existing booking.

Please be aware that alternative test centre slots are subject to availability; and, once the designated booking period has ended, availability in test centres may be very limited.

If you decide to change delivery method (e.g., change from a test centre appointment to a remote delivery via OnVUE) you will first have to cancel your existing booking and then book a new appointment choosing the preferred delivery method.

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 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: https://home.pearsonvue.com/ukfp/contact.

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

F2 Stand-alone Programme SJT

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

All applicants who are successfully longlisted will be required to sit the SJT. If you have sat it previously for a different recruitment round your scores from the previous test cannot not be used. You are required to sit it again.

How long is the test?

The test will take 45 minutes.

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

Practice scenarios for F2 Stand-alone can be found here.

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.

SJT practice scenario

Further information about the SJT and a practice scenario is on our SJT page.

More information on the SJT is on our Forms and Guidance page.