Situational Judgement

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The SJ subsection is a relatively new addition to the UKCAT. According to the official description, it is intended to “measure capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them”. With this in mind, the test essentially presents the candidate with a number of scenarios – typically ethical dilemmas involving patients, colleagues and so on – and requires them to make a decision about the most appropriate action.


The test features 71 questions, distributed across a number of scenarios. Questions are divided into two types:


You are presented with a possible response to the scenario and must rate whether it is:

A very appropriate thing to do
Appropriate, but not ideal
Inappropriate, but not awful
A very inappropriate thing to do


For the second set of questions, you must rate the importance of each possible action presented to you:

Very important
Of minor importance
Not important at all
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