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What the SJT Tests?

The SJT practice paper is designed to discern your ability to make responsible and accurate decisions. It also aims to gain an understanding of your work capacity along with your comprehension of an organisation’s hierarchical structure. There are many different jobs that require you to take a situational judgement test.

Some examples include law enforcement and public service positions, different management jobs and more. Regardless of the field, if you want the job you should probably get some practice.

How do I Study for The SJT?

Look at our updated 2019 situational judgement tests tips, specifically useful for answering questions. With our help you will feel satisfied and ready to undergo the actual exam.

  1. Before taking the test, read about the employer. Companies usually publish an agenda or highlight their views of service and sales in their publications. Try to determine the competencies that are highly valued by the employer in the position you are applying for.
  2. Demonstrate the personality traits the employer requires. In reality, the situations that appear on a situational judgement test questionnaire don't have right or wrong answers, however, there are preferable answers. Remember that you are being asked to choose the response that best suits the situation and demonstrates competencies that are valued by the employer.
  3. Choose the answer that best suit your position and the situation described. Keep in mind the context of the test and the scenario.
  4. Assume that the optional answers are all possible; you will not be presented with impossibilities.
  5. The solutions listed may not reflect all potential responses. What you believe is the best or most appropriate may not be listed.
  6. It is important to consider your response regardless of the timeframe as a response may be appropriate, even if it is something that cannot be done right away. Explanations may only be appropriate in the short term versus the long-term or vice versa.

Still looking for some help? Check out our free SJT test page where you can begin to practise a variant of our SJT examination. Likewise, you can practise specific SJT PrepPacks™. Check out our list below:


Civil Service

Customer Service

Dilemmas Series

European Union EPSO


Graduate Management
Police & Law Enforcement SHL-style Graduate & Executive
UKCAT UK Fire Service

How to Understand What Employers Want

The best policy is to search for your chosen company's core values. In this fashion, you will have a better concept of what the employer is looking for. After your research, you can follow up the founded data by reading private forms by prior job applicants.

Together with this information, you can end by self-practising your new knowledge with specific SJTs like the ones we have here.

Specific Professional Tips

Particular tips differ depending on the profession you are applying for. You can find these tips plus more by choosing one of the distinguished PrepPacks™. Each page has additional tips to help steer you in the correct direction to upper your chance at hiring success. Specific PrepPacks™ are listed in the above table.

How to Pass Situational Judgement Tests

When answering SJTs, try to actually imagine yourself at work, and answer the questions accordingly. This is quite important since we all act and react differently inside and out of the workplace. When taking a situational judgment test, you want to answer as your 'work self'—the logical, reasonable, mature version of yourself.

A full list of tips for situational judgement tests can be found in our SJT online preparation pack.

Things to Do and Things to Avoid

Procrastination is a flaw many of us share. No matter where you are, no matter how much you do not want to do what is set before you, it's best to research and pre-practise beforehand. By eliminating procrastination, you more likely will feel relaxed and prepared for the test. Another idea is to get a good night's rest and familiarise yourself with the test materials.

This way you will be less likely to stress and feel refreshed for the actual exam. Remember, no matter how much practise you have done beforehand, do not become overconfident. Take each question at a time and be prepared for surprises along the way. 

General Test Taking Advice

These 5 general test-taking tips can help you succeed on both SJTs and other exams you may be asked to take:

  1. Choose only the MOST appropriate answer. Read each of the given scenarios and each possible response carefully before answering. Though one answer choice may seem correct, there may be another one that is more appropriate.
  2. Use only the given information and do not assume any information that is not provided in the question.
  3. Treat each response individually. Think about what each response says about you as an employee and consider whether choosing it represents your qualities.
  4. Use the SJT to present your best self. When responding, choose what you should do and not what you are likely to do.
  5. Be sure to read all instructions carefully, as with any important test. If there is a question you are unsure of, mark it and move on. If you have time at the end of the test, you can return to it.

Start Preparing today

Our highly trained psychologists have prepared a generic and specific PrepPack™ that gives you a great platform for understanding SJT's, how they work and how to best answer the questions in the way that your prospective employers want. Furthermore, we can offer an array of study guides which can enrich your exposure getting you in top shape for the actual exam. 

Start practising today and get ahead of the field.

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