Prior to 2020, a candidate’s overall score was comprised of the total marks from 5 interview stations as well as marks from the validation of the self-assessment questions completed during the application. Being as the face-to-face element of the 2020 interviews was cancelled due to COVID-19, scores were given only for the self-assessment responses candidate’s gave and these were not validated. In 2021, the self-assessment questions will be validated and this will count towards the final score. In addition, 3 of the original 5 stations will be run via an online interview (for more information see our interview page). It is unclear what proportion of the marks each section will contribute but our prediction is that they will be equally distributed.
Previously the vast majoity of the marks on offer have depended upon your performace during the face-to-face component of ST3 selection. We expect this to be the same for 2021. The minimal appointable score is usually about 70% (i.e. candidates have to score at least 70% of the points on offer to be eligible for a registrar job).
Please note: the information above is based on the T&O ST3 Applicant’s Handbook and our experience of previous year’s selection rounds but is all subject to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions.
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