Methods of Assessment
The criteria that you will be assessed against at selection centres comes directly from the Person Specification and Pre-Registration Pharmacist Professional Attributes Framework. You are encouraged to read both of these documents thoroughly to aid in your selection centre preparation.
The selection centre is made up of three parts:
Situational Judgement Test (SJT) – 104 minutes
Numeracy test – 15 minutes
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) – 40 minutes
Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) conducted at regional HEE centres
The Pre-Registration Pharmacist Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) has been developed in conjunction with subject matter experts. Exercises may include scenario based questions, reflection on past experiences and problem solving. Exercises are reflective of the role of a Pre-Registration Pharmacist and are fair to ask all applicants.
The MMI section of the selection process will last approximately 40 minutes and will consist of six exercises with each exercise measuring different attributes from within the Pre-Registration Pharmacist Professional Attributes Framework.
The six exercises will be undertaken across three rooms, with two exercises sat one after another in the same room. Each exercise will be five minutes in length with three minutes preparation time before entering each room. Within the three minutes, you will be provided with information to help you to prepare for the first exercise you will complete when entering each room. After completing that exercise, you will move straight onto the second exercise within that room which does not require any preparation ahead of it.
Each room will have two assessing panel members within it, at least one of whom will be a pharmacist. Lay representatives may be in attendance for quality assurance purposes.
IMPORTANT: You may not make notes during the three minutes preparation time before going into any of the MMI stations.
MMI Room Layout
The graphic below is an example of how the Multiple Mini-Interviews will run.
A past behavioural interview question is where an applicant will be asked to draw upon their previous experience to answer a question e.g. ‘Tell me about a time you have worked successfully in a team’.
Situational Judgement Test (SJT) conducted at Pearson VUE
Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) are a measurement methodology designed to assess judgement in work relevant situations. The Pre-Registration Pharmacist SJT has been designed to assess the professional attributes expected of a Pre-Registration Pharmacist. The scenarios have been written by subject matter experts who work closely with Pre-Registration Pharmacists. This ensures that the scenarios presented are realistic and fair and provide an accurate reflection of what Pre-Registration Pharmacists encounter in their role.
The SJT will be a written test examining four of the attributes from within the Pre-Registration Pharmacist Professional Attributes Framework. It will consist of 52 scenarios to be completed in 104 minutes. When responding to each scenario you will be asked to place yourself in the role of a Pre-Registration Pharmacist and indicate what you should do in response to the situation presented.
Within the SJT there will be two types of response format:
- Rank five responses in order of appropriateness in response to the scenario
- Multiple choice where you will be required to select the three most appropriate actions (out of a total of 8) in response to the scenario
Example of a Situational Judgement Test and Scoring Guidance
We have produced a couple of example Situational Judgement test (SJT) questions. The questions include information on the answer and expert rational. There is also more information now available about how the SJT will be marked and scored.
Numeracy Test conducted at Pearson VUE
The numeracy test will be taken directly before the SJT in the same room. The test is designed to test numeracy with less clinical context than the GPhC registration assessment. It will last approximately 15 minutes.
The numeracy test is designed to provide assurance of a applicant’s ability to carry out basic pharmaceutical calculations. There are ten questions and the time allowed for the exercise is 15 minutes. These calculations are not provided in a clinical context and are designed to test mathematical ability rather than practice knowledge.
Calculators are permitted to be used during the test. You may not use calculators on smartphones, tablets, smartwatches or equivalent technology. Answers will be free text (i.e. not multiple choice).
IMPORTANT: calculators will not be provided at selection centres.
Example of a Numeracy Test
We have produced a couple of example Numeracy questions. The answers are provided on page 2 of the PDF.