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 FAQs specific to either the 2 Year Foundation Programme or the F2 Stand-alone Programme, please refer to the relevant section below.

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.

How can I prepare for the SJT?

A practice paper will be made available from August 2020.

Can I appeal against my SJT score?


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

Where can I sit the test if I have reasonable adjustments?

If you have requested reasonable adjustments, please choose to complete your test in a Pearson VUE test centre so that your adjustments can be met, and test conditions adhered to.

If you have requested 25% extra time, you can book your test online if you want to take it in a test centre. If you want to book an OnVUE (remote proctoring), this must be booked via Pearson VUE.

If you have requested 25% extra time, you may sit the test by remote proctoring, but you will need to phone Pearson VUE to book your test. You cannot book it online.

Contact numbers for Pearson VUE can be found on their 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 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.

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, within the test booking period. You must cancel test appointments at least 48 hours before the 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.

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.

2 Year Foundation Programmes

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


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 pages 63-64 of the Applicant Handbook.

F2 Stand-alone Programme

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?

There are 20 scenarios in total. All responses are ‘rating’ format and should be treated independently of other scenarios.

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.

What do I need to score in the SJT to be invited to an interview?

There is no pass or fail mark. Please review our March 2021 statement regarding the updated selection methodology for F2 Stand-alone programmes starting in August 2021.

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