UKCAT Situational Judgement
The following information about the UKCAT situational judgement section is taken from The Ultimate UKCAT Guide: 1200 Practice Questions
Section 5 of the UKCAT is the situational judgement subtest. This is a psychological aptitude test; it is an assessment method used to evaluate your ability in solving problems in work-related situations. Situational Judgement Tests (or SJTs) are widely used in medicine as one of the criteria when deciding on applicants; it is used for the Foundation Programme and GP applications.
The aim of the situational judgment section is to assess your ability to understand situations that you could encounter as a medical student or doctor and how you would deal with them. It is a method to test some of the qualities required in a healthcare professional (e.g. integrity and ability to work in a team).
In the UKCAT, the situational judgment section consists of 20 scenarios with 67 items. Each scenario will have 3-6 items. You will have 27 minutes to complete this section, which translates to approximately 24 seconds per item. Ensure you’re careful to mark your intended answers when working at this pace.
The series of scenarios include possible actions and considerations. Each scenario comprises two sets of questions. In set one you will be asked to assess the “appropriateness” of options in relation to the scenario.
The four possible appropriateness choices are:
- A very appropriate thing to do– This is an ideal action.
- Appropriate, but not ideal – This option can be done but not necessarily the best thing to be done.
- Inappropriate, but not awful – This should not be done, but if it does occur the consequences are not terrible.
- A very inappropriate thing to do – This should not be done in any circumstances, as it will make the situation worse.
In set two, you will be asked to assess the “importance” of options in relation to the scenario.
The four possible importance options are:
- Very important – something that is essential to take into account.
- Important – something you should take into account but is not vital.
- Of minor importance – something that may be considered, but will not affect the outcome if it is not taken into account.
- Not important at all – something that is not relevant at all.