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 (A101).

SJTace Test Format

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

Candidates either sit the standard SJTace or the SJTaceSEN (Special Educational Needs) if they are entitled to additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.

The test duration is 27 minutes for the SJTace, and 33.75 minutes for the SJTaceSEN; this includes instruction time.

The situational judgement test (SJT) measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.


Why Situational Judgement?

The test assesses integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability.  SJTs are used widely in medical selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors, GPs and other medical specialties. 


Situational Judgement Items

The test consists of a series of scenarios with possible actions and considerations.  You will be presented with 68 items associated with 21 scenarios (consisting of between 2 and 6 items).  You will have 26 minutes to answer all items. 

Questions are in a multiple-choice format and 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