The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is a computer-based assessment that has been fully researched and evaluated and has shown to have high predictive validity.

It is delivered in partnership with Work Psychology Group and Pearson VUE. It’s been designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the Dental Core Training (DCT) person specifications.

Important: Eligibility

All applicants who apply to DCT in any recruitment year must sit the SJT. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Sitting the SJT

All applicants who apply to DCT in any given recruitment year are required to sit the SJT. There are no exceptions or exemptions to this requirement.

Your SJT outcome cannot be carried over into successive recruitment years. 

The SJT will be delivered on several consecutive days in a large number of Pearson VUE Computer Testing Centres, globally. The SJT window will run from Wednesday 15 March to Wednesday 22 March 2023 (inclusive).

You can find your nearest Pearson VUE test centre by visiting the Pearson VUE website

Test centre appointments are subject to availability, and not all centres will have appointments available on every day of the test delivery window. 

Important: Expenses

The DCT National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO) will not reimburse expenses incurred by applicants attending the SJT.

Should there be any COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions at the time of the SJT window, as critical workers, travel to UK test centres to sit the SJT as part of the DCT national recruitment process is considered essential travel.

All applicants are expected to attend a test centre unless they have remote testing requirements.

Page last reviewed: 26 November 2021
Next review due: 3 December 2021

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