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The questions have been developed to test five professional attributes extracted from the person specification for a foundation doctor which can be found at the UKFPO website. These are:
The test assumes you'll have some knowledge of the job of an FY1 and you'll be asked to respond as such. Your answers need to reflect what you should do bearing in mind these professional attributes, rather than what you would do.
The aim of the test is to assess your aptitude for the role, and it's often quoted that you can't be coached through the SJT. However, given that there are a finite number of hypothetical scenarios, and that the values and attributes you'll be tested on have been clearly documented in a few core documents, there is plenty you can do to prepare.
Study the FY1 person specification and the five professional attributes the exam tests.
This might seem like a lot of effort for just one exam, especially if you're happy with your choices of foundation job. However, the UK Foundation programme is over-subscribed, and in the past applicants have had to be put on a reserve list with no certainty of being placed on the foundation programme after qualification.
You should also know that SJTs are making their way in to other medical application processes, like the application to GP vocational training schemes and public health medicine. Because of this, it's useful to know how to tackle them.
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