New tests to enter foundation programme

APPLICANTS to next year's foundation programme will have to take part in two tests in addition to completing their foundation programme application, the Department of Health has confirmed.

From 2013 all applicants will have to take a situational judgment test (SJT) and will be ranked on a new educational performance measure (EPM). The SJT lasts 140 minutes and includes 70 items designed to judge how trainees will behave when faced with particular challenges during their foundation training. This will replace the ‘white space’ questions currently included in the FP application form.

Medical schools will also use a locally agreed EPM, based on deciles, to rank each student’s educational performance in addition to providing an academic quartile ranking.

The new system has been piloted at various UK medical schools in recent months. They were largely found to be reliable although feedback from students was mixed.

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