UCAT Situational Judgement
What is UCAT Situational Judgement?
UCAT Situational Judgement is designed to assess your ability to deal with difficult situations in realistic scenarios. This section of the UCAT tests your ability to respond appropriately to problems, to act professionally and your integrity.
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Why is Situational Judgement assessed?
Working as a doctor, you may be faced with many difficult situations involving patients or colleagues – and it’s important to act appropriately, maintaining a level of professionalism and integrity at all times.
The Situational Judgement section of the UCAT therefore assesses perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability to ensure you will be fit to work as a doctor.
What is the UCAT Situational Judgement Format?
This is the format of UCAT Situational Judgement:
|Questions ||69 (22 scenarios, consisting of between 2 and 5 questions)
|Question type||Multiple choice and ranking-style questions
In Situational Judgement, there are two main question types:
- Importance: these question types will present a scenario and a possible response – for example, you see a colleague speaking rudely to a patient, and the response would be to speak to your supervisor. You will then need to rate how important it is to carry out that action in the context of the scenario, from ‘very important’ to ‘not important at all’.
- Appropriateness: these question types will also present a scenario and possible response, and you will need to rate how appropriate certain responses are in the context of the scenario given. The options are: ‘very appropriate’, ‘appropriate, but not ideal’, ‘inappropriate, but not awful’ and ‘very inappropriate’.
It’s important to remember in Situational Judgement that the action given is not the only one taken – for example, it may be appropriate to speak to your colleague, as well as speaking to your supervisor about rudeness towards a patient.
How does UCAT Situational Judgement Compare to UMAT?
There are a few differences and similarities between UMAT and UCAT. Read below to find out how UCAT Situational Judgement differs to the sections of the UMAT…
UMAT to UCAT Situational Judgement: Similarities
- People-Focused: The questions in UMAT’s ‘Understanding People’ section are based on your ability to identify, understand the feelings, behaviour or motivations of the people in the scenarios given – this is slightly similar to Situational Judgement in that you will be assessing these things when choosing the ‘appropriateness’ or ‘importance’ of each action presented.
UMAT to UCAT Situational Judgement: Differences
- Scenarios Given: in the UMAT, the scenarios given tended to be from novels or plays, while the situations in UCAT Situational Judgement are realistic – for example, scenarios based in a clinical setting or positioning you as a medical student.
- Question Types: whereas in the UMAT, you will be asked about characters’ motivations and behaviours, in UCAT Situational Judgement you will be asked to rate the importance or appropriateness of responses to a situation.
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