Mechanics of the SJT

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For UKFP 2023 applicants, the SJT will be delivered through a digital platform during two test windows:

  • 7-20 December 2022
  • 19-23 January 2023

Applicants with approved reasonable adjustments will be able to book their test between 3-7 October 2022. All other applicants will be able to book their test between 10-13 October 2022. This is done online at pearsonvue.com/UKFP

You can choose the location of the test from a number of Pearson VUE test centres or sit the exam using remote invigilation via OnVUE. Spaces will be available on a first come first serve basis. You can change your booking up to 48 hours before your assessment is scheduled to start or until the close of the booking period (whichever is earlier).

If you book a place but decide not to attend, you must cancel at least 48 hours beforehand. If you change your mind about the delivery method contact the UKFPO for advice and instructions.

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.

You will 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the invigilator and be reported to the UKFPO, which could result in being given a zero score or your application being withdrawn.

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late, or fail to attend and don't have extenuating circumstances, you won't be allowed to sit the exam and will be withdrawn from the application process.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 consists of three parts. Some of the questions have videos so make sure you have headphones before starting the test. The are 140 minutes to complete the paper and there are 75 scenarios.

The exam presents a series of work-related situations and asks applicants 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.

For further information about the question formats, reasonable adjustments and marking, see the SJT FAQs on the UKFPO website.