Mechanics of the SJT

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For 2021, the SJT will be delivered through a digital platform during two test windows:

  • 7-19 December 2020
  • 18-23 January 2021

Applicants will be able to book their test date and time from 9-23 November 2020 online at

You can choose the location of the test from a number of Pearson VUE test centres or opt to sit the exam using remote invigilation via OnVUE. Spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and applicants will be able to amend their test booking up to 48 hours before their assessment is scheduled.

If you choose to complete the test by remote invigilation you'll be asked to install software and close background processes, therefore it's recommended you use a personal computer. You will not be able to take the exam in public places and you must have no interruptions. More information about remote proctoring can be found on the Pearson VUE website. We strongly recommend you check your system requirements and your test environment prior to taking the exam.

In line with Pearson VUE ID policy you'll be required to present one form of original valid government issued ID that includes your name, a recent photo, and your signature. You won't be allowed to take any personal items with you into the testing room.

If you fail to comply with assessment procedures you will receive a warning from the invigilator and be reported to the UKFPO, which could result in being given a score of zero, or your application being withdrawn.


Please check the Pearson VUE COVID-19 update page for testing availability and to review the health and safety measures required for testing. It's your responsibility to know the time, location and venue of your exam. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, or fail to attend and don't have extenuating circumstances, you won't be allowed to sit the exam and will be withdrawn from the application process.

Exam structure

The SJT lasts 2 hrs 20 mins. A maximum of 50 points are available. The exam presents a series of work-related situations and asks applicants questions about how they would respond to these situations. Questions take multiple formats, such as ranking and multiple choice, and could include:

  1. Evolving dilemmas with multi-part questions.
  2. Speech dilemmas where applicants will be asked to select how they would respond in conversation to difficult situations.
  3. Multimedia elements allowing a more immersive experience with the situation.

Further information about registering for the test, question formats, reasons for dismissal, reasonable adjustments and marking can be found in the UKFP 2021 Applicants' Handbook.