In the collection Guidance on Situational Judgment Tests (SJT) for STP applicants

What is a Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?

Last Updated: 14th January 2021

A set of hypothetical based scenarios used to assess your judgement and responses.

Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) are designed to assess an individuals’ judgement regarding situations encountered in the workplace or during training. As an applicant you will be presented with a set of hypothetical based scenarios and you will be asked to make a judgements about your possible responses. Your submitted responses are evaluated against a pre-determined scoring key to provide a picture of your situational judgement in that particular context.

SJTs have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years and are mostly used in large-scale selection processes. They can also form a part of workplace assessment to highlight employee development needs.

The research literature indicates that SJTs have significant validity in predicting job performance, and can offer incremental validity over methods such as ability tests and personality questionnaires.

How did we develop the Situational Judgement Tests?

The development of the SJT was carried out by researchers from Work Psychology Group (WPG), in collaboration with those working in healthcare roles. This SJT has been designed to measure attributes that are considered important for a career in healthcare.

The SJT scenarios are based on an extensive analysis of this job role. This is to ensure that the test content reflects the most important situations in which to test an applicants judgement and are concerned with testing attitudes and ethical values, rather than knowledge or clinical skills.