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

What STP applicants need to know about the Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)

Last Updated: 14th January 2021

How will the tests be used in the STP selection process?

Following the initial application process, applicants will be required to complete an SJT. The test is designed to measure target attributes including:

  • empathy and compassion
  • professional integrity
  • team collaboration
  • adaptability and resilience

The SJT score will be used to determine whether applicants will be invited to the next stage of the STP selection process (shortlisting). An applicant’s answers within the application form will be taken into consideration, together with the results of the SJT.

Please note the exam is made available to you as an applicant, solely for the purpose of your assessment. You are prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting any part of the exam in any form. You will be asked to accept the non-disclosure agreement and terms of use prior to completing the SJT. By declining this agreement, you will not be invited to the next stage in the STP selection process.

How much time will I have to complete the SJT?

You will have 50 minutes to complete the test. Within this time, applicants will be presented with 25 scenarios. For each scenario there are a varying number of questions where applicants will be asked to rate the desirability of a series of responses to the scenario.

If you have a special requirement, you will need to have indicated this on your application form and provided evidence to support your claim. All enquiries should be sent to Please await confirmation of your requirements before starting the SJT.

What technological requirements will I need?

We recommend that you have access to a modern web browser, with a reliable internet connection such as Chrome on a Windows operating systems. All other browsers and applications should be closed before starting the test.

You can read full details of the technical requirements for Qpercom here.

How do I prepare for the test?

The best way for you to prepare for the test, is to make yourself comfortable with the style of the SJT scenarios and questions. You can view some examples of a scenario and questions below.

You should make a judgement about each response option independent from the other options presented within the scenario. When you are rating a series of responses to a scenario, each rating can be used more than once or not at all. For example, all response options within a scenario can be given the same rating of ‘Extremely Desirable’.

The response options provided are not intended to represent all possible options. You should consider response options irrelevant of timeframe. A response option may still be right even if it is not something that can be done immediately.

What happens after I have taken the SJT?

Scoring of the SJT will take place once the questionnaire and test window closes on Wednesday 24th February 2021.

Once you have completed the SJT, please complete our short questionnaire (link is below). The questionnaire is designed to gather feedback regarding the SJT and the platform and will be used to improve the test and testing process in future years. All feedback is anonymous and kept confidential, identifiable information will not be collected.