Published on 25th September 2018 by lauram

how do med schools use the sjt (1)

Over the last few years, the SJT has become an increasingly important part of the medical school application process. Although it is generally not as important as your overall UCAT score, you should still keep your SJT band in mind when applying.

Whether you have a Band 4 and you’re looking for med schools to avoid, or you have a Band 1 and you’re looking for how to make the most of your score, we’ve summarised how all UKCAT medical schools use the SJT below.

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Which Medical Schools Don’t Look at the SJT?

Since the SJT is relatively new, many medical schools believe evidence for its use is limited. Consequently, they are yet to use it in their selection process, meaning your band is irrelevant. These are:

  • Aberdeen
  • Bristol
  • Dundee (but “Band 4 may affect the decision on whether or not to make an offer”)
  • Glasgow
  • Newcastle
  • Plymouth
  • Queen’s Belfast (“except, if necessary, to inform decisions on borderline applicants who have achieved a similar score”)
  • Southampton
  • St George’s

Which Medical Schools Eliminate Those With Band 4?

For the medical schools that do use the SJT, this is perhaps the most common way it is used. If you have a Band 4 then you should avoid the following:

  • Anglia Ruskin
  • Keele
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln (operating similarly to Nottingham this year)
  • Liverpool (this does not apply to international status applicants)
  • Nottingham
  • Manchester

Which Medical Schools Don’t Specify How the SJT is Used?

A few medical schools have not listed how they use the SJT. It is therefore likely they do not use the SJT. However, we would advise checking with the medical schools themselves before applying. These universities are:

  • Aston
  • Cardiff
  • Exeter
  • Sunderland

Which Medical Schools Use the SJT When Selecting for Interview?

A handful of medical schools place greater weighting on the SJT when selecting students for interviews. This normally involves awarding points for the SJT band, alongside points for the UKCAT score and academics. For such universities, a high band in the SJT is obviously advantageous. These are:

  • Edinburgh – awarded up to 6 points, 15% of overall selection for offers. Band 1 is given 6 points, Band 2 given 4 points and Band 3 given 2 points
  • Hull York – contributes up to 15 points to selection for interview. Band 1 is given 15 points, Band 2 given 10 points and Band 3 given 5 points
  • King’s – “higher weighting to those with Band 1 and Band 2. The weighting of Band 1 is double the weighting of Band 2. We do not give higher weighting to those with Band 3 or 4”
  • Lincoln – likely same system as Nottingham
  • Nottingham – awarded up to 4 points. Band 1 is given 4 points, Band 2 given 2 points and Band 3 given 1 point.

Which Medical Schools Use the SJT in the Interview Process?

As the qualities assessed in SJT overlap with those assessed in many interviews, some medical schools add your SJT score to your interview score.

For these universities, having a higher band is again advantageous. A student walking into the interview with a Band 1 would have an immediate advantage over a student with a Band 3. These medical schools include:

  • East Anglia
  • Birmingham – SJT not normally used, but applicants with a Band 4 will be more heavily scrutinised at the interview.
  • Hull York
  • Queen Mary
  • Sheffield
  • St Andrews

Words: Daniel Huddart


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