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UCAT Situational Judgement​

Advice & Insight From UCAT Specialists

26 minutes
69 items (associated with 22 scenarios)
Each scenario has between 2 and 5 items

​Two Question Formats

​Rate the appropriateness of the following responses to this scenario (Scale: Very appropriate <-> Very inappropriate)
How important are the following considerations (Very important <-> Not important)

Marks are given for ‘near perfect’ answers as well as ‘perfect’ answers.

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20 Common UCAT Situational Judgement Scenarios

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How Important Is Situational Judgement In The UCAT?

The importance of Situational Judgement varies between medical schools, with some medical schools excluding it from their application process and others regarding it as critically important, with a cut-off threshold as well as regarding it as the deciding factor in borderline cases.

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Why Situational Judgement?

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

UCAT Situational Judgement Practice Questions

​Sumayya, a medical student is on a ward round when she overhears one of the junior doctors referring to another member of the team in ‘very impolite terms’ with the use of abusive language. The junior doctor goes further to criticise the other team member and states that they were responsible for the lapse in Mr Morris’s health.

How important to take into account are the following considerations for Sumayya when deciding how to respond to the situation?


1)  The fact that Sumayya also believes that the other team member had made a mistake in their management of Mr Morris
  • Very important
  • Important
  • Of minor importance
  • Not important at all
 
2)  If Sumayya interrupts the doctor, it is likely that he will criticise her conduct as well
  • Very important
  • Important
  • Of minor importance
  • Not important at all
 
3)  The possible breach of Mr Morris’s confidentiality caused by the junior doctor discussing his case on the ward
  • Very important
  • Important
  • Of minor importance
  • Not important at all
 
​4)  The junior doctor is a close friend of Sumayya’s and is also highly regarded by the consultant
  • Very important
  • Important
  • Of minor importance
  • Not important at all

UCAT Situational Judgement Practice Question Answers

1)  The fact that Sumayya also believes that the other team member had made a mistake in their management of Mr Morris (Of minor importance) 

In a hospital setting, occasionally mistakes do occur. However they should never justify the use of rude or inappropriate language. Instead, team members should be supportive and focus on how mistakes can be prevented in the future.

2)  If Sumayya interrupts the doctor, it is likely that he will criticise her conduct as well (Not important at all)

In the presence of professional wrongdoing (abusive language), personal reputation has little significance and team members should confront this where possible.

3)  The possible breach of Mr Morris’s confidentiality caused by the junior doctor discussing his case on the ward (Very important)

Patient confidentiality is of optimum importance, and all appropriate measures should be taken to protect this.

4)  The junior doctor is a close friend of Sumayya’s and is also highly regarded by the consultant (Not important at all)

Whilst personal friendships and team cohesiveness is important, this should not be sacrificed for patient confidentiality or improper conduct.

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