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Introduction to the SJT

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What is the SJT?

Situational judgement tests (SJTs) assess an individual's aptitude for a role by asking them to rank or select responses to hypothetical scenarios.

They form part of the scoring method used by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) to assign final year medical students to their foundation training post. The SJT is designed to assess your approach to work as a foundation doctor as defined by the FP/AFP Person Specification, which you can find on the UKFPO website.

Your score from the SJT is combined with your Educational Performance Measure (EPM) to give you an overall score. This score allows you to be ranked along with the other foundation school applicants, with the highest scoring applicants increasing their probability of securing their first choice on the foundation programme.

Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

The EPM is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application. It is made up of three elements:

  1. Medical school performance (34-43 points available)
  2. Additional degrees obtained (up to 5 points available)
  3. Publications (up to 2 points available)

Why does it matter?

Missing out on your first choice foundation training post doesn't signal the end of your career. But getting it might mean more exposure to the area of medicine you want to pursue, or mean you can be nearer your family and friends.

Although the EPM and SJT equally contribute to your overall mark - 50 marks each - the lowest possible score for the EPM is 34, leaving only 16 marks between the lowest and the highest achievers in this component.

Additionally, as the SJT score is reported to two decimal places and the EPM score is reported as a whole number, it is often the SJT that determines your position compared to others with similar scores.

The EPM is the toughest score to influence, so maximising your SJT score provides the best opportunity for getting the job you want.

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