What is the SJTace?

The Situational Judgement Test for Admission to Clinical Education (SJTace) is used by the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee for entry to their Graduate Entry Medical Programme (ScotGEM).

The SJTace measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.  The test assesses integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability. 

It is designed to help select applicants with the most appropriate professional behaviours required for new doctors to be successful in their clinical careers.  Situational Judgement Tests are used widely in medical selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors, GPs and other medical specialties. 

It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application, academic qualifications and the GAMSAT. 

The SJTace is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout the UK and internationally.

Who should take the test?

The SJTace is an entry requirement for the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (A101) at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee for entry in academic year 2018/19.

Candidates who already intend to sit the 2017 UKCAT do not need to sit the SJTace as it is identical to the SJT offered within the UKCAT.  Their UKCAT result (which includes an SJT result) will be communicated to all their university choices.

Candidates not taking the UKCAT are required to sit the SJTace by 3 October 2017 if they are intending to apply for entry in 2018 (or deferred entry in 2019) for the above programme.  SJTace results cannot be carried over from one year to the next. 

There are no general exemptions from the test.  Candidates who believe they may be unable to sit the SJTace in 2017 should see the Mitigating Circumstances page.

A candidate may only take the test once in any test cycle and any instances of multiple testing in the same year will be treated as an example of unprofessional behaviour

Test Format

Candidates either sit the standard SJTace or the SJTaceSEN (Special Educational Needs) which is for those entitled to additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.

The SJTace is a computer-based test consisting of multiple-choice questions.  The test assesses integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability using a series of scenarios with possible actions and considerations.  The questions do not require medical or procedural knowledge. 

The test duration is 27 minutes for the SJTace, and 33.75 minutes for the SJTaceSEN and consists of 68 items associated with 21 scenarios (consisting of between 2 and 6 items).  This includes instruction time.

Situational Judgement Item Types 

The test 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. 

For the second set you will be asked to rate the importance of a series of options in response to the scenario. 

Further details can be found here.

Scoring and Marking

There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.  Performance on one item does not influence which other items are presented.

Within the SJTace full marks are awarded for an item if the response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if the response is close to the correct answer.

Scores for the SJTace are expressed in one of four bands, with Band 1 being the highest.  Alongside their band, candidates will be given an interpretation of this performance:

Band 1

Those in Band 1 demonstrated an excellent level of performance, showing similar judgement in most cases to the panel of experts.

Band 2

Those in Band 2 demonstrated a good, solid level of performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently, with many responses matching model answers.

Band 3

Those in Band 3 demonstrated a modest level of performance, with appropriate judgement shown for some questions and substantial differences from ideal responses for others.

Band 4

The performance of those in Band 4 was low, with judgement tending to differ substantially from ideal responses in many cases.


SJTace Results

When candidates leave the test centre they are given a copy of their SJTace Score Report. Results are communicated directly to a candidates chosen universities in early November.

Results are valid for the 2017 UCAS Admissions cycle (for entry in 2018 or deferred entry to 2019).

Key Dates and Fees

Registration and Booking Opens 2 May 2017
Testing Begins 3 July 2017
Registration Closes & Bursary Deadline 19 September 2017
Booking/Rescheduling Closes 2 October 2017
Last Testing Date 3 October 2017
UCAS Application Deadline 15 October 2017
Results delivered to universities Early November 2017

The following test fees apply in 2017: 

Tests taken in the EU  £40
Tests taken outside the EU £50

Test fees depend on the test centre location, not on your place of residence or nationality.  Bursaries to cover the full test fee are available to candidates who meet set criteria. 

Registration and Booking

To register and book the SJTace candidates need to create an account using the Pearson VUE online registration system.

When the registration process is completed candidates will be sent an email containing a password which will allow them to book their test. Candidates can sign in to their account using the link at the top of this page.


Candidates should prepare for the SJTace by using the relevant SJT resources available in the Candidate Preparation Toolkit.

SJTace candidates should ignore parts of the preparation materials not related to the SJT.