Completing the situational judgement test (SJT)


If you have applied to the STP you must complete the online situational judgment test during the test window. The test window will not open until after the STP application deadline. Failure to complete the SJT before the deadline date will result in your application being rejected. Click this link for key dates and deadlines during the STP application process.

You only have one opportunity to take the situational judgement test. Before you begin, it is your responsibility to read the guidance and frequently asked questions and to read the instructions at the start of the test.

It is very important that you complete your situational judgment test in a timely manner. The NSHCS cannot guarantee all queries will be answered during the last 48 hours of the online test window.


How to access the SJT

For applicants who have not undertaken a SJT before

Between the application closing date and the SJT opening date, you will receive emails from Pearson VUE (the SJT provider) detailing:

  • a link to the Pearson VUE website
  • individual login credentials
  • instructions

Your username and password may be provided in 2 separate emails. All emails will be sent to the address provided on the STP application. Make sure you check your spam/junk folder if you nothing comes in your inbox.

If you haven’t received an email from Pearson VUE 1 day prior to the SJT opening date:

  • check the email address used on the application form
  • check all junk/spam email folders
  • request details by going to and select ‘forgot my username’. Complete the relevant fields and submit. Next select ‘forgot my password’ select the option first name, last name and email address and complete the requested information.

For applicants who have already undertaken a SJT

You will be able to login using your previous login details. If you do not know your login details you can request these by going to and selecting ‘forgot my username’. Complete the relevant fields and submit. Next select ‘forgot my password’ select the option first name, last name and email address and complete the requested information.


Tips for completing the SJT

Here are some things to consider when completing your SJT.

  • Make sure you are somewhere quiet and free from interruption.
  • Check the technical requirements for the test.
  • Use a desktop PC or laptop to complete the online test, and ensure you have a stable internet connection.
  • Close all other browser tabs, windows, and applications before you begin.
  • When answering any question, do not click the ‘back’ button or refresh the page.
  • Make sure that the test says ‘You have now completed the examination’ before you log out of the system.
  • You can increase the size of the text on the screen at any time by pressing the CTRL and + buttons and decrease it again by pressing the CTRL and – buttons. You can reset the size to default by pressing CTRL and 0.
  • The blue line dividing the scenario from the response options can be moved. You will need to click onto the blue line and move to the desired area to adjust each area if required.
  • There is the option to flag items to return to.
  • Look at the glossary for terms which are unfamiliar.

What happens after you have completed the SJT?

Make sure you log out of your account after completing the SJT. When you next login to your Pearson VUE account, select ‘exam history’ from the menu. Within this section against the exam it should state ‘Delivery Successful’. This confirms the SJT has been submitted. The score or exam result will not be shown, you will know if you have scored enough for the next stage when the longlist outcomes are released. You will only see a delivery confirmation message in your Pearson VUE account, it will not show as completed in your Oriel account.

Scoring of the SJTs will take place once the test windows closed and will take some time to process. All SJT outcomes will be released on Oriel by the deadline for longlist release. Click this link to view key dates and deadlines for STP applications.

For applications successfully longlisted the Oriel application status will show as ‘longlisted’ and the next stage is shortlisting.

For applications that have not scored sufficiently on the SJT, the Oriel application status will show as ‘longlist unsuccessful’ meaning the application will not progress any further.