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What is UCAT situational judgement test?


The Situational Judgement Test UKCAT measures your capacity to understand real-world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. Here you have 27 minutes (including 1 minute of instructions) to answer 69 questions that are associated with 22 scenarios. Each of these scenarios contains 2 to 5 questions.




Why include the UCAT situational judgement test?


There are a number of different aspects of one’s thinking that the UCAT situational judgement test assesses. It assessed integrity, teamwork, resilience and adaptability. These are all key personality traits that the GMC believe all doctors should demonstrate to some extent. Situational Judgement Tests are widely used in medical and dental selection, as well as for foundation doctors, dentists and GPs. Remember - contact our UCAT tutors to help boost your scores!




How long do I have to answer UCAT situational judgement test questions?


27 minutes (with 1 minute of instructions not included within this time) to answer 69 questions in the UKCAT situational judgement test. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What is the maximum/minimum score I can achieve in the UCAT situational judgement test?


Band 1 in the Situational Judgement Test is the highest score you can achieve. Band 4 is the lowest score in the Situational Judgement test UKCAT.




What is the average UCAT situational judgement test score?


The average UKCAT situational judgement test over the last four years is band 2. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What are the UCAT situational judgement test questions like?


There are two main types of question in the UKCAT SJT: There are four responses that you must select from when considering importance:

  • 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
There are four responses that you must select from when considering appropriateness:
  • A very appropriate thing to do: if it will address at least one aspect (not necessary 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




UCAT situational judgement test Tips


Timing is the most important in this section - make sure that you pace yourself. Use different milestones throughout the test to ensure that you always know roughly how you are doing. Read each scenario and option thoroughly before answering the questions Remember there are different styles of questions in this subset, read the instructions carefully to make sure that you understand what you have to do. Within each scenario, each rating can be used more than once or not at all, e.g. everything could be a very appropriate thing to do. The responses should be relating to what an individual should do, not would they might well do. Make sure that you treat responses independently, you should make a judgement per response, not comparing them to each other - this leads to mistakes! What you may think is the most or least appropriate, may not necessarily be in one of the responses Try to consider responses irrelevant of the timeframe. Some responses will be appropriate for the short term, others long term, try to negate time when thinking about your response! Read “GMC - Good Medical Practice” to get a good overview of some of the rules you may need to know You may use the laminated board and permanent marker pen to help where and if necessary. Use the flag option if you need to, if you find a question hard, guess it and move on. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.

  • It is worth practising your mental arithmetic beforehand, as the quicker you are, the better you will be in the exam.





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