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UKCAT Situational Judgement

The UKCAT Situational Judgement Test (UKCAT SJT) assesses your non-academic abilities including: ethics, empathy, integrity, communication skills and team working. In the UKCAT SJT, you are presented with 19 scenarios following which you have to rate how appropriate or important it is to carry out an action. This page provides an overview of the section as well as our top UKCAT Situational Judgement tips.

UKCAT SJT: Section Summary

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UKCAT Situational Judgement: Question Types  

There are two types of UKCAT SJT questions, designed to assess your integrity, communication and adaptability:

  1. Appropriateness

After each scenario you are presented with an action. You need to rate how appropriate this action is in the context of the scenario. The options are: ‘very appropriate’, ‘appropriate, but not ideal’, ‘inappropriate, but not awful’ and ‘very inappropriate’.

For example, if you see a colleague struggling, would it be appropriate to speak to them? Or report them to your supervisor? Or perhaps both?

An important thing to remember for Situational Judgement is that the action in the question shouldn’t be assumed to be the only action taken – for example, it may be appropriate to speak to your colleague, as well as speaking to your supervisor.

  1. Importance

After each scenario you are presented with a number of actions. You need to rate how important it is to carry out that action in the context of the scenario, from ‘very important’ to ‘not important at all’.

Those actions which are considered essential should be awarded high importance. If an action is inconsequential, or even detrimental, then if will be of low importance.

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UKCAT Situational Judgement Tips

Read Good Medical Practice

This is one of our top UKCAT Situational Judgement tips – and essential for aspiring medics! The Situational Judgement section tests your empathy, ethics and communication skills by examining the appropriateness or importance of different responses to a scenario.

Before tackling these questions, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice. This is crucial reading for aspiring medics and will inform you about all aspects of good practice, including communication skills, maintaining trust, patient safety and teamwork. After reading, you can then apply what you have read to Situational Judgement practice questions.

You may also want to read our blog posts, UKCAT Situational Judgement Tips: Top 3 Strategies and Situational Judgement Top Tips.

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