First SJT test “a success”

THE first round of Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) for applicants to the foundation programme has been declared a success.

The SJT took place in December and January across all UK medical schools. A total of 99.4 per cent of FP applicants completed the test as a first sitting with 13 schools reporting 100 per cent attendance on their first date.

The UK Foundation Programme Office said feedback has been positive with students commenting they found it “a fairer assessment of medical students’ aptitude” for taking on their FY1 jobs than the previous method using white space questions.

The UKFPO and the Medical Schools Council said delivery of the test had been “an enormous task” and commended medical schools and students “for their engagement and enthusiasm”.

A joint statement said: “All the hard work from numerous parties has resulted in an assessment that provides an effective and innovative way of testing applicants’ attributes against the Foundation Programme person specification.”

UKFPO national director Professor Derek Gallen said: “I am delighted that the SJT has been such a success in its first year”.

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