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Gives a good flavour of the SJT but far from necessary
on 21 October 2016
This was the only book I bought for the SJT besides using the practice paper and question banks online. I found this book to be alright and also easy to understand. I liked the way it mentioned themes for some of the questions in the solutions page and discussed the reasoning behind each response as to why it's ranked above another, and why certain answers are less appropriate.
Some of the questions were kind of strange and there were some inconsistencies in comparison to the solutions for other questions with a similar theme (e.g. the qts. related to capacity, religion etc), but the good things about the book were solid explanations and justifications for each answer, GMC referencing and quotes, easy to read and light enough to carry around in your white coat, and also consistent emphasis on the main theme e.g. confidentiality, patient safety, work-life balance, avoiding passing responsibility when not needed etc. and how one supersedes the other when two or more themes pop up in one question.
Besides a few inconsistencies, negatives include: the solutions are all shoved at the back, so flipping back and front was a bit of a pain. Having it divided into chapters in a more organised fashion would have been easier as it's all jumbled up together with questions in random order, regardless of theme or type.
Overall, it gives a good flavour of the SJT but is probably best used with the GMC guidelines on hand when correcting the questions as well as the online paper. I did pretty average in the SJT, and my classmate who didn't use any books did really well and got into Oxford, so I would say take all these SJT prep books with a pinch of salt. They are great to practice your timing as the test is pretty tight for time, but I feel that they fall short in terms of actual "study".