UKCAT testing is now closed for 2015. The information below is subject to change. Details of the 2016 test programme will be updated in due course.
The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
27 minutes (one minute for instruction and twenty-six minutes for items)
68 items associated with 19 scenarios (consisting of between 2 and 5 items)
Why Situational Judgement?
The test assesses integrity, perspective taking and team involvement. SJTs are used widely in medical selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors, GPs and other medical specialties.
Situational Judgement Item Types
The test consists of a series of scenarios with possible actions and considerations. The questions do not require medical or procedural knowledge. This assessment consists of two sets of questions.
For the first set you will be asked to rate the appropriateness of a series of options in response to the scenario. When considering how to respond to the scenario, an option is:
- a very appropriate thing to do if it will address at least one aspect (not necessarily all aspects) of the situation
- appropriate, but not ideal if it could be done, but is not necessarily a very good thing to do
- inappropriate, but not awful if it should not really be done, but would not be terrible
- a very inappropriate thing to do if it should definitely not be done and would make the situation worse
A response should not be judged as if it is the only thing that is done. For example, if the wrong medication is provided to a patient, there are a number of steps that should be taken, including checking the patient is ok and assessing the patient medically. The response ‘ask the patient if they are ok’ should still be judged as appropriate. It should not be judged as if this is the only action that will be taken.
For the second set you will be asked to rate the importance of a series of options in response to the scenario. When considering how to respond to the scenario, an option is:
- very important if this is something that is vital to take into account
- important if this is something that is important but not vital to take into account
- of minor importance if this is something that could be taken into account, but it does not matter if it is considered or not
- not important at all if this is something that should definitely not be taken into account