For students heading into their final year of studies, now is the time to start thinking about your application to the Foundation Programme (FP) or Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) and planning for your SJT.

Note: Due to the introduction of the Preference Informed Allocation process and a computer-generated rank, the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is no longer required for application to the Foundation Programme and has been removed from the FP2024 application process. More info here.

If you're just about to go into your final year of study, the SJT will be fast appearing on your horizon.

Doing well in the exam could be the deciding factor in getting placed in your first-choice foundation school – so it's vital that you give yourself ample time to prepare and practise.

The MDU has a range of resources to help you get ahead. 

Practice makes perfect

It's often said that you can't 'study' for your SJT, as rather than testing your clinical knowledge it's designed to test your decision-making and the professional attributes you need to work as a foundation doctor. 

You certainly can't cram for the test, or learn the answers by rote. But there are many things you can do to make sure you are able to tackle the exam with confidence.

  1. Make sure you understand how the exam is structured and marked. You'll find lots of information on our website.
  2. Practise, practise, practise by testing your skills with sample questions.  
  3. Read the MDU's top tips on SJT preparation to make sure you have everything covered.
  4. Book a place on an SJT Preparation course. There are six locations across the UK, and MDU graduate members get an exclusive discount.

For more information and a detailed timeline for the national application process for FP and AFP 2017, visit our website

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This page was correct at publication on 19/07/2016. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.