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Part of being as confident and prepared as possible to take your AAMC SJT exam is knowing what to expect and what is expected of you while you are testing.

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Test Day

The AAMC SJT is an exam administered through a secure online testing environment. It includes one test section with text-based scenarios that present hypothetical dilemmas similar to what you may encounter in medical school. However, the scenarios do not expect you to have had direct experience in medical school to perform well on the exam. Following each scenario, there are several behaviors that describe a response to the dilemma presented in the scenario. You will be asked to rate the effectiveness of each behavior using a 4-point scale: 1 = very ineffective, 2 = ineffective, 3 = effective, and 4 = very effective. 

You are required to log in to your exam session 15 minutes prior to your exam time. From your "Exams" page, click "Launch Assessment." You will then proceed through the check-in process. If at any time you need assistance, you can reach the proctor by using the "chat now" feature.

You will have 75 minutes to complete the exam. The total session time may range from 90 – 105 minutes, depending on how well you prepare for your exam session prior to test day by ensuring your computer equipment meets the technical specifications and preparing your work space according to our test day rules.

Please read the AAMC SJT Essentials for important information on the following topics:

  • Exam Format
  • Specifications for Your Computer and Work Space
  • Test Day Rules
  • Items Allowed in the Testing Work Space
  • Identification Requirements
  • Exam Session Check-in Procedures

This SJT Test Day Experience Guide is provided to help you become familiar with the activities that will take place when logging into and taking the AAMC SJT exam. It can be helpful for an examinee who is not familiar with our vendor, ProctorU, and it may be especially helpful for students who have not previously taken a remote-proctored, online exam. The guide also highlights the key functions and features of the exam platform.

Section Time Allotted
Check-In 5-15 minutes
Examinee Agreement 5 minutes
Exam Time 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Void Question** 5-10 minutes
Check-Out 5-10 minutes
Total Exam Time 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Total Session Time* 95-115 minutes
Post-Test Survey (optional) 5-10 minutes

*Total session time may vary due to the required technology check for remote-proctored, online exams. You may shorten the time needed by ensuring before your exam check-in that your workspace is clear of prohibited materials, your technology meets all the required specifications, and your applications and programs are all closed. Please refer to Part 5: Taking the AAMC Situational Judgment Test in the AAMC SJT Essentials for more information about system requirements and the online testing experience.

**The maximum time allowed to select to void or score your exam and select the schools you would like your score to be sent to is 10 minutes. You will see the below message on this page of the exam:

Please Note: The maximum time to make your selections on this page is 10 Minutes. After 10 minutes, you will see an error message following your submission and your selections will not be recorded and your exam may not be scored. 

If you do not provide an accepted ID that exactly matches your registered first and last names to the online proctor, you will not be allowed to test. If you are not allowed to test, you will be considered a “no-show” and will not be provided another opportunity to test during testing year 2021. For the full policy on ID Requirements, please refer to The AAMC Situational Judgment Test: Essentials for Testing Year 2021.

Identification (ID) Requirements

  1. The ID was issued by a government agency.
  2. The ID expiration date is printed on the ID — not extended by a sticker or similar mechanism.
  3. The ID expiration date is after your test date.
    1. If your ID will expire before your scheduled test day, you are responsible for obtaining a renewed ID prior to your exam. 
  4. The ID includes your visible signature, which you will be asked to duplicate on test day.
  5. The ID contains a photo that can be used to positively identify you.
  6. The ID is tangible and whole, with no evidence of tampering (clipped corners, holes, etc.).
  7. The ID is in English. 

The most common forms of accepted ID are state driver’s license and passport.

Reasons an ID may not be accepted include:

Reason Not Valid Examples
Not issued by a government agency Credit card, school ID
Cannot be validated Paper ID or ID application receipt, virtual or digital ID, temporary ID, ID with extension signature or renewal paperwork, employee ID (even if issued by a government agency)
Does not have a signature Passport card, Veteran ID Card (VIC), library card, voter registration card
Does not have a photo Birth certificate, Social Security number card

You will take the exam on a desktop or laptop of your choice and are responsible for ensuring it meets the following technical requirements. You may not take your exam on a phone or tablet.

Type Minimum Recommended
Web camera 640 x 480 resolution 1280 x 720 resolution
PC users Windows Vista Windows 10 (10 S mode is not supported) 
Mac users OS X 10.5 or higher* OS X 10.13 High Sierra
Internet download speed .768 Mbps 1.5 Mbps
Internet upload speed .384 Mbps 1 Mbps
RAM 1024 MB 2 GB
Ports 1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP 1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP

* MacOS X Catalina users: Catalina has added security features that require additional permissions for certain applications, such as LogMeIn Rescue, the software we use to connect you to a proctor. If you are using MacOS Catalina, this permission process will take an additional few minutes. ProctorU proctors or support personnel can help walk you through this process. Please review this ProctorU Tip Sheet for additional information.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Test your equipment.
  • A functioning microphone (some web cameras have a built-in microphone).
  • A compatible browser: Google Chrome (preferred) or Mozilla Firefox. Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and you have the ProctorU extension installed.  
  • Download ProctorU Extension: Chrome or Firefox 

Environmental Requirements 

  • Be in a private, well-lit room.
  • Clear your workspace.
  • Have your photo ID ready.
  • Close all third-party programs.
  • Remove all nonreligious head coverings.
  • Remove additional monitors from the room. (Dual monitors are not allowed during the exam.)
  • Remove watches.
  • Sit on a hard surface (not a bed or couch). Additionally, place your computer on a hard surface.
  • Have a mirror or reflective surface to show the proctor the monitor. This can include a cell phone with a front-facing camera or an external USB camera. This ensures there are no notes or writing attached to the monitor.

If at any time during your exam the proctor has reason to believe you are using prohibited items or engaging in prohibited behaviors as described below, your proctor may interrupt or terminate your exam. The proctor may interrupt your exam to request clarification of your activity, request that you cease the prohibited activity, and terminate your exam if you fail to comply with the proctor’s instructions.

Prohibited activities include: 

  • Searching for potential responses online in advance or while completing the exam.
  • Engaging in any activity the proctor requests you cease while completing the exam. Such activities include but are not limited to:
    • Unapproved break.
    • Leaving your seat.
    • Talking, even to yourself.
    • Eating or drinking.
  • Engaging in verbal or other abuse, harassment, or threats toward the exam proctor.
  • At any time after check-in and prior to completing the exam session, possessing, accessing, or using:
    • Electronic devices, including cellular phones.
    • Cameras or recording equipment of any kind.
    • Books, notes, or any other written materials.
    • Any other unapproved personal items. Please refer to the Items Not Requiring Prior Approval for information on items allowed in the room while you are testing. Any item not on this list that you possess, access, or use during the exam may result in an interruption and/or termination of your exam. 

The following will result in immediate exam termination by the proctor: 

  • Impersonating an examinee or engaging someone else to complete the exam for you.
  • Attempting by any means to duplicate, record, or memorize exam content or items.
  • Unless otherwise approved by the AAMC:
    • Taking the exam in the presence of others, including family or other members of your household, dormitory, workplace, etc. Please do not allow children or pets to enter the room, as the motion may alert the proctor and require an interruption.
    • Receiving assistance from anyone during the exam.
    • Providing assistance to another examinee during the exam. 

If the proctor interrupts or terminates your exam for a potential violation, the AAMC may conduct an investigation. Please refer to The AAMC Situational Judgment Test: Essentials for Testing Year 2021 for information on the investigation process and potential outcomes. Please note that you are allowed one exam attempt this year, and a terminated exam counts as one attempt. The AAMC, at its sole discretion, may offer a retake of the exam depending on the outcome of its investigation.

If you believe that a technology issue in Yardstick’s Measure system interfered with your performance on the exam and you wish to have the AAMC research what occurred, please: 

  1. Notify the proctor when the issue occurs or before ending your exam.
  2. Submit a completed Technology Issue Report Form to within 24 hours of the experienced technology issue to receive prioritized review. Review of a completed form submitted after this may be delayed. If an exam irregularity is confirmed, you may get an opportunity to retake the exam at the AAMC’s sole discretion. 

Notifying the proctor when an issue occurs will allow the proctor to assess and possibly correct the problem so you can continue testing. Further, your report to the proctor will aid Yardstick and the AAMC if we need to research the issue after your exam. Failure to report a problem to the proctor may hinder our ability to resolve the issue and offer you an opportunity to retake the exam due to a verifiable technology issue.

If you do not report an issue and the AAMC subsequently learns that a technology issue occurred, we will contact you if the issue affects our ability to score your exam.

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