Advocates of the Situational Judgement Test claim that it is a very different test to other medical entry aptitude tests. However, the Situational Judgement Test is, in essence, assessing the emotional intelligence of candidates. This is also what the Understanding People construct of the UMAT was testing.
The Situational Judgement Test is merely a format or style of question. Candidates are presented with a scenario, and are asked to judge the appropriateness or importance of certain actions. The actual content, and what the questions are assessing, vary significantly.
This is comparable to the difference between a Multiple Mini Interview and panel interview – while the format is different, both are assessing the communication skills and suitability of a candidate for medicine.
Claiming that the Situational Judgement Test is a very different test is misleading.