Where to Apply With a Low Situational Judgement Score?

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is used by many universities across the UK, for medical programs (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Foundation programs), as well as dentistry programs. The UCAT covers 5 sections (VR, AR, QR, DM, and SJT), where VR, AR, QR and DM are scored out of 3,600 points, each section scored between 300-900 points, and SJT is scored between Band 1 – Band 4. Applicants put a lot of effort into preparing for the UCAT, and it is important to know how best to use the score you receive to aid your medical school applications.


Some universities have a minimum SJT band they need their applicants to achieve in order to consider them for interviews. It can feel discouraging to have a band 3 or 4 SJT when trying to apply to medical schools using your UCAT score. Here is a list of universities that may consider your application even with the lower band SJT.


If you want to find out how to score highly on the SJT section of the UCAT, take a look at this article. 


Universities that do not consider SJT:


The university does not use a UCAT cut off score to invite applicants to interview; rather, a score is created based on academic achievement and overall UCAT performance as compared to other applicants.  The lowest score invited to interview for 2022 entry was 2440 for Domestic and 2570 for International applicants, and SJT is not considered when scoring applicants, but may be used in offer making where applicants have similar scores. 


Interviews are allocated by UCAT score for applicants that meet all other entry requirements. The official threshold has not yet bene released, but historically the threshold has been 2600, with SJT not considered.


Applicants’ UCAT scores are converted in a point system (see below) allowing for a maximum of 6 additional points, favouring high UCAT for more points. SJT not considered. 

Banding of UCAT Scores Points
1200-1899 0
1900-2099 1
2100-2299 2
2300-2499 3
2500-2699 4
2700-2899 5
2900-3600 6


Universities that consider SJT Band 3 

The university does not have a minimum cut off score, but UCAT score is considered in a point system created by the university, which offers extra points for applicants living in the Essex region. Historically, the lowest UCAT score invited to interview was 2430, with a minimum SJT of band 3.  

Applicants must achieve an SJT Band 3 or above to be considered for entry. Applicants must meet a threshold score: all UCAT scores are allocated points based on the decile the score falls in, including SJT score. The points are added to the academic score to contribute to the final ranking, where the higher the ranking, the more likely to be invited for an interview.


Applicants must achieve an SJT Band 3 or above to be considered for entry. Applicants are scored on a score out of 100 and ranked based on the score, where top rankers are offered and interview. The point system is broken down as follows:

  • 15 points: UCAT SJT Band
  • 40 points: UCAT score
  • 30 points: top GCSE results
  • 15 points: contextual data


Keele does not rank applicants based on SJT score, not have a cut off, but applicants with band 4 will not be considered further. 


A scoring system is used to rank applicants, where top scorers will be invited to interview. Applicants scoring an SJT Band 4 will be automatically rejected. GCSE results are also scored, and the GCSE and UCAT scores are added together to create a final score.

UCAT score Points
801 to 900 12
701 to 800 10
601 to 700 8
501 to 600 6
401 to 500 2
SJT band Points
Band one 60
Band two 45
Band three 20
Band four

If you achieve Band four on the SJT, you won’t be considered for an interview.


Applicants must score in the top 8 deciles of the cohort, and must achieve SJT Band 3 or above to be considered for an interview. 

Remember that getting a medical school acceptance is dependent on far more than one score or factor: your personal statement, UCAT score, academic achievements, and interview performance are usually considered all together when universities make offers to applicants.

BMAT Universities

If none of the above options are suitable, consider taking the BMAT and applying to BMAT universities instead:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford Medical School
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • Leeds’ School of Medicine
  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School
  • Keele University (overseas applicants only, home applicants sit the UCAT)
  • Lancaster University

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Written by Hiba Al-Bahrani