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How does a Situational Judgement Test work?

Does your job application require you to pass a situational judgement test? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! offers realistic test simulations developed by psychologists with years of experience designing tests for large publishers such as CEB/Gartner, Talent Q, Saville Assessment, Kenexa (IBM) and Thomas International.

What does a Situational Judgement Test assess?

Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Situational judgement tests are one of the most commonly used aptitude tests that come up during a job application. Situational judgement tests are standardized psychometric assessment tests that provide the employing organization with information about a candidate’s general ability to choose the most appropriate action in workplace situations. These tests are designed to measure a candidate’s ability to handle situations that they could encounter in the job that they are applying for.

What you should know about Situational Judgement Tests

Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidate’s and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions.

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as situational judgement, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form. 

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. has prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions. 

By practicing situational judgement tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure.

In a situational judgement test a number of situations will be presented to you and you will have to pretend to be present in that specific situation. With that in mind, you are going to have to respond or react to these situations.

An SJT operates with four different answer models:

Based on a scenario you will get to see several work-related situations.

  • Most/least likely to perform: You have to evaluate the situations and choose a response that is accurate and within the range of ‘most likely to do’ to ‘least likely to do’.

  • Ranked responses: In this type of response you will be asked to categorize the options as one that seems most effective, one that seems second most effective, one as third most effective and one as least effective.

  • Most/least effective responses: In this type of response you will be asked to choose the response to the situation that seems 'most effective' to you and the one that seems 'least effective'.

  • Rated responses: In this type of response you will be asked to sort the possible responses to the situation by very effective, effective, slightly effective, not effective and counterproductive. Each option can only be used once.

Tips and tricks to ace your Situational Judgement Test

Doing some research about the tests that you need to take is the most important step in preparation for any aptitude test. If you know what to expect you will increase your chances of performing well due to the fact that you’re familiar with the formats. Also, by practicing aptitude tests you will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses that you can work on in preparation for the actual assessment. 

Therefore, we advise you to find out the test publisher and exact name of the tests that you are about to take, and then search or contact us to get more details about this test. 

These effective test-taking strategy tips and tricks are well worth remembering before you take the actual situational judgement tests:

  • Practice, practice and practice some more to ace your assessment and aptitude tests!

  • Read the question and instructions properly. Even though this seems logical, often candidates miss out very important information. Multiple-choice tests use so called ‘distractors’ as answer possibilities. These distractors are answers options which are deliberately similar to the right answer; in other words, the answer possibilities are designed to test if you read the question and provided information property.

  • Therefore, take your time to carefully read the information provided.

  • Be prepared with a pen and a piece of paper when doing the online test.

  • Don’t cheat. This is an important one. Many employers use verification tests to validate your previous results, to see if you have collaborated on your test. Large test publishers often use software that compares your response patterns and performance between the online test and the follow-up supervised test.

  • Only use the information provided in the question; do not make assumptions about the situation. 

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To help you ace your Situational Judgement Test we put together a preparation package, tailor made for your assessment. These tests contain the same questions you can expect in your actual assessment.

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Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

Presents you with workplace situations and for each, a number of actions are suggested. You're asked to select the most effective action to take.
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