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.

Applicants for stand-alone programmes (doctors who hold or expect to hold full registration) do not need to sit the SJT.

How can I prepare for the SJT?

There are practice papers available on the UKFPO website in the Resource Bank.

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?


Where will I sit the SJT?

If you are a UK medical school graduate, you will be expected to sit the SJT at your medical school.

If you graduated from a non-UK medical school or a UK medical school prior to 07 August 2018 (i.e. all applicants who applied through the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office), you will be invited to the sit the SJT at a venue in London.

I usually have adjustments for my university exams, will this be the case for the SJT?

You will have the option to apply for reasonable adjustments to your medical school. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments guidance in the Resource Bank.

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.