What is the point of UKCAT Situational Judgement?

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August 15, 2014 by Emedica

The Situational Judgement section is unique within UKCAT for a few reasons:

  • It is scored differently with a band level between 1 and 4 given rather than a numerical score
  • Part marks are given for ‘almost right’ answers
  • The questions ‘feel’ more relevant to medicine / dentistry
  • It is the newest section and universities have yet to declare how they use it in admissions


The UKCATprep.com team have observed that the scenarios in the test feel more ‘medical’ and less ‘student like’ in 2014 than they did previously.


Here’s what UKCAT say about the SJ section:


The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

The test assesses integrity, perspective taking and team involvement.  SJTs are used widely in medical selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors, GPs and other medical specialties. 

A response should not be judged as if it is the only thing that is done. For example, if the wrong medication is provided to a patient, there are a number of steps that should be taken, including checking the patient is ok and assessing the patient medically. The response ‘ask the patient if they are ok’ should still be judged as appropriate. It should not be judged as if this is the only action that will be taken.

There is also some instruction here about how questions should be approached.


Increasingly the practice of medicine is judged not only on the technical excellence and skills of the practitioner but also on their manner, approach, compassion, empathy and professionalism. The UKCAT wants to know that you can understand and learn these ‘softer’ skills in ensure that you can become a great all round medical practitioner.


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