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?

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.