AAMC SJT Component 2021 Cycle

New Application Component for the 2021 Cycle

The University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus is committed to enhancing the health of people by training students who are skilled, compassionate and socially responsible.  They have a solid academic foundation, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate empathy, ethics, and cultural humility.  To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2021 application cycle, we are strongly encouraging applicants to complete an online situational judgment test (SJT), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess the pre-professional competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. If scores are ultimately shown to enhance our holistic process, we may consider them as one part of our admission decisions.

The AAMC SJT exam will be available in September 2020. For this application cycle, the AAMC SJT exam will be free and administered online using remote proctoring. Free preparation materials will be available in summer 2020 through the AAMC, including a practice test.

We know that the process of researching and applying to medical schools can be stressful and time-consuming. The AAMC SJT exam is an opportunity for applicants to showcase personal and professional characteristics--beyond academic scores—that will make them a great fit for the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus.

We encourage you to review all our application requirements here.

Information about the AAMC SJT exam, including preparation materials, test registration, requests for accommodations, and important dates and deadlines is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which programs at the University of Minnesota Medical School are participating in the SJT pilot?

The only program participating in the SJT pilot is the UMN Medical School Twin Cities MD Program. The Duluth MD and MD/PhD programs are not participating in the SJT pilot.

Why is the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus participating in the AAMC SJT Pilot?

We are committed to enhancing the health of people by training students who are skilled, compassionate and socially responsible.  Our students have a solid academic foundation, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate empathy, ethics, and cultural humility. We believe the AAMC SJT exam provides an opportunity to assess these critical pre-professional competencies and may enhance our holistic process.

Why is the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus using the AAMC SJT instead of CASPer?

We felt the AAMC SJT was a good fit for our holistic process because it was designed to measure pre-professional competencies that are critical for success at the UMMS Twin Cities campus and the AAMC has conducted research to establish the psychometric properties and validity of the AAMC SJT. 

How will the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus use my SJT scores?

If we find these scores enhance our holistic process, we may consider them as one part of our ultimate admission decision.

Will it negatively affect my application/admissions evaluation if I don’t take the SJT?

No, applicants are not required to take the AAMC SJT. Your application will be considered complete if you do not have an AAMC SJT score. While the admissions committee may see that you did not take the AAMC SJT, they will be instructed to disregard missing AAMC SJT scores. 

Will the admissions committee see my SJT scores?

If we find these scores enhance our holistic process, we may consider them as one part of our ultimate admission decision.

I already got invited to complete a secondary application or an interview, should I still take the SJT?

Yes, applicants are strongly encouraged to take the AAMC SJT. Doing so will give you an opportunity to display your knowledge of effective and ineffective behaviors across eight core competencies for entering medical students, which include Service Orientation, Social Skills, Cultural Competence, Teamwork, Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others, Reliability and Dependability, Resilience and Adaptability, and Capacity for Improvement.

My application was rejected by the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities before I took the AAMC SJT. If I take the exam, will UMMS reconsider my application?

No, application decisions are final.

Will I have access to my AAMC SJT score and will there be an interpretation of my results?

Yes, AAMC SJT scores for all 2020 exam dates will be released to examinees on October 14, 2020. A confidence band and percentile rank will also be reported with each total score.

When will the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus receive my AAMC SJT score

AAMC SJT scores will be released to examinees and the UMMS Twin Cities campus on October 14, 2020.

Will other schools, not part of the pilot, have access to my AAMC SJT score?

Schools not part of the pilot will not have access to your AAMC SJT scores for the AMCAS 2021 admissions cycle. 

The AAMC will retain your AAMC SJT score report indefinitely. If you reenter the medical school application process in a future application year, the AAMC will provide your AAMC SJT score report to any program to which you apply that accepts or requires the AAMC SJT exam as part of their application process.

CONTACT ADMISSIONS

Twin Cities Admissions
Phone: 612-625-7977 
Fax: 612-625-8228
Email: meded@umn.edu

420 Delaware St. SE
Mayo Memorial Building, Rm. B639
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Duluth Admissions
Phone: 218-726-8511 
Fax: 218-726-7057
Email: dmeded@d.umn.edu

1035 University Drive, 180 Med
Duluth, MN 55812