How do medical schools use your Situational Judgment Bands?

The UCAT is a standardized test used by many UK medical schools and around the world to evaluate the competence of students applying to study medicine. The test is intended to assess a variety of cognitive abilities and skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. The Situational Judgment Test (SJT) is a component of the UCAT that measures a candidate's ability to make appropriate judgments in numerous realistic settings that they may encounter as a medical professional.

The SJT component of the UCAT is graded on a band system, with Band 1 being the highest and Band 4 being the lowest. Each band represents a range of results that reflect a candidate's level of expertise in the abilities assessed by the SJT. These bands are used by medical schools as one of the factors for evaluating a candidate's application. Medical universities use these bands in a variety of ways:

  • When a candidate takes the UCAT, their SJT score is estimated based on the number of accurate responses they provide as well as the difficulty of the situations they correctly answer. Based on pre-determined cutoff scores, the SJT score is subsequently transformed into one of four bands.
  • One frequent method is to utilize the SJT bands as a threshold for initial candidate screening. A medical school, for example, may need candidates to score a Band 2 or above on the SJT in order to be considered for further assessment.
  • Medical schools can additionally use SJT bands to distinguish between individuals who meet their initial screening criteria. For example, if a medical school receives a significant number of applications with a Band 2 or higher on the SJT, they might apply additional criteria, including as academic achievements, work experience, and a personal statement, to narrow down the total number of candidates they will invite for an interview.
  • Situational judgment assesses your non-cognitive abilities. Some medical schools reject students with SJT band 4 scores right away. Students with a band 4 SJT should avoid applying to Anglia Ruskin, Keel, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, and Edinburgh in order to avoid an immediate rejection prior to interview. Following the initial screening for entry requirements, whether you scored band 1/2/3 is likely to be irrelevant in the admissions process of these universities.
  • Certain universities will place a higher value on the SJT Score. These colleges use a point system for interview selection that is based on your band score. It is useful to add up your total allotted points for each university based on all other academic and non-academic criteria.

Which universities uses SJT bands and how?






Following medical schools rejects application if you get band 4 in SJT regardless of the rest of your UCAT score.

Following medical schools considers SJT band but do not specify.

These Medical Schools considers the SJT band to differentiate between applicants in borderline cases during the selection process

If you get band 4 in SJT, then universities will not accept your application

Following schools do not mention how exactly they  judge the SJT score

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Keele University
  • Kent and Medway Medical School
  • Leicester University
  • Liverpool University
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham University
  • Sunderland University


  • Birmingham University
  • King’s college London
  • Manchester University
  • Norwich medical school
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Sheffield University
  • St. Andrews University
  • St. George’s University
  • Aberdeen University
  • Aston University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Bristol University
  • Plymouth University
  • Southampton University
  • Warwick University


  • Cardiff University
  • Dundee University
  • Exeter University
  • Glasgow University


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