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5 Things to Know About the AAMC SJT Exam

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There’s a lot of information to take in about the AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT). To get you started, here are 5 important things you need to know.

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The AAMC SJT exam was developed to provide medical schools with an assessment of pre-professional competencies, including interpersonal and communication skills, cultural competence, and ethical responsibility that is reliable, valid, and easy to use. Following an extensive, multi-year research and development period, we launched the AAMC SJT exam with two medical schools in 2020 and successfully delivered the exam to 8,000 aspiring medical school students who applied to the two participating schools.

This year, we expect to deliver the exam to 22,000 – 25,000 applicants to five schools who will be encouraging or requiring the AAMC SJT exam, so we want to ensure you have some key information:

1. AAMC SJT exam was designed with all applicants in mind. The SJT, which will remain free to examinees again this year, offers the convenience of testing at a location of your choosing while maintaining a high level of security with live, remote proctoring. It is a relatively short exam, at just 75 minutes. Applicants who require accommodations can request them via the Request for Accommodations Form on the AAMC SJT website.

2. Desktop or Laptop ✅ Phone or Tablet ❌ The AAMC SJT EXAM exam can only be taken on a desktop or laptop of your choice. It cannot be completed on your cell phone or tablet. Please verify that your device meets the workspace and computer requirements prior to sitting for the exam. Prior to your exam date, be sure that you download the ProctorU Extension, to enable access to your live, remote proctor.

3. A live, remote proctor means support in real-time. Your AAMC SJT exam proctor will log into the exam session on your computer to communicate with you and monitor your exam through your video camera and microphone. After checking you in, the proctor will disappear from your view to avoid distracting you during the exam.  You will be able to contact the proctor at any time if you need assistance with the system via the chat box.

4. Medical educators, including faculty, admissions officers, and student and diversity affairs officers, worked with us to develop the scoring for the SJT. Your score is based on how closely your effectiveness ratings for the responses align with medical educators’ ratings. Full credit is awarded for a response if your rating matches the medical educators’ rating. Partial credit is awarded if your rating is close to the medical educators’ rating. We encourage you to prepare for the AAMC SJT exam by reading the AAMC Situational Judgment Test: Examinee Preparation Guide and downloading the practice exam to become familiar with the test content and question format.

5. You should take the AAMC SJT exam even if the school recommends--but doesn’t require it. Medical schools are searching for applicants who meet their academic standards and demonstrate a shared commitment to their mission and values. Your score on the AAMC SJT exam is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your pre-professional competencies, specifically those that medical schools have identified as important for success. Your score is one of several factors schools may consider when evaluating applicants. As such, we’re advising schools to consider the AAMC SJT exam in the context of the broader application, using it as an opportunity to identify applicants whose competencies align with their school’s unique mission and goals.

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AAMC SJT Essentials

The AAMC SJT Essentials for Testing Year 2021: The official policy and procedure guide for the AAMC SJT exam.

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AAMC SJT Accommodations

The AAMC is committed to providing all individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency on the AAMC SJT exam. This includes ensuring access to persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant law. 

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5 Things to Know About the AAMC SJT Exam

There’s a lot of information to take in about the AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT). To get you started, here are 5 important things you need to know.

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