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  • Ive just done this test. Who else has done it and what did you think about it?

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  • I too, did the test Susan. I passed it and it reminded me of my college philosophy exercises, in that most of the questions were straight forward and only required a common sense grasp of a certain scenario. Others, however, were time consuming and most students may be bound to fail the test due to lack of sufficient time. Some people, I think, are used to taking their time when carefully analysing questions/scenarios but by no means are they less capable of coping with the BPTC. Thus, as far as the purpose of the test is concerned, I don't think the test serves it.

    The purpose of the test, we are told, is to separate the sheep from the goats prior to BPTC applications, so to speak. However, the ability to scrutinise arguments and detect assumptions is a matter of practice. While passing the test may serve as evidence of the “aptitude” acquisition, failing it is not necessarily proof of ineptitude. Thus, I am not sure whether the intention of this test is to select or to reject certain students.

    If it is to select the right students, then the fee of £150 should be omitted. Many students wishing to pursue a career at the bar seek to rely on scholarships provided by the Inns, to fund the BPTC. A precondition fee that charges students £150 is discouraging and most students will be deterred. If the purpose of the test is to reject, it still does not serve the purpose: test regulations provide for resists. This proves my point that practice makes perfect and there is no need for this kind of test as some people take more time to consolidate certain skills. This is what the BPTC is for: providing education, recognising issues and addressing them, enhancing students’ skills - skills which the test fails to fully recognise.

    It should be BPTC providers, considering the extraordinary fee charged for the course, who should enthusiastically, proffer education as best as they can to every student who decide to do the course. If certain students require more attention, then BPTC providers must tackle the issue seriously in order to get the best out of them. Even the most talented people may not excel at first. These providers ought to remain being educational institution rather than exclusive establishments, as the aptitude test implies they will be seen to be.

    Furthermore, passing the BPTC does not guarantee a pupillage, let alone a tenancy. I struggle to comprehend how selecting students by means of an aptitude test, forcing them to pay and pay and pay, pushing them to jump over so many hurdles will help them to ultimately get into employment. The BPTC ought to equip students with the right skills required for the bar profession not to presume that BPTC students require less time etc. The mere fact that a test is introduced suggests that BPTC providers would lax their effort to focus on individual consideration. If so, then they are not worth doing at all.

    Further, students doing a BPTC - after passing the aptitude test - will not, in practice have a greater likelihood of securing a pupillage or a tenancy than other pupils or BPTC graduates. They will compete against BPTC graduates from previous years. It also, would be unfair should the “Aptitude BPTC Graduates Generation” have a priority over previous years’ graduates. Moreover, passing the aptitude test is not something one can put on one's CV or application form, as it is a prerequisite not an achievement. It is understandable that the bar profession is competitive but the aptitude test does not address this issue. It is mainly, the duty of BPTC providers to do that, with or without the aptitude test.

    So, Suzan, I think that the aptitude test does not serve as a method of discerning prospective barristers. The test, in effect will act as a deterrent to many, many students who cannot risk to pay, what is for most part-time working students a week’s income, to just do the test. The bar council is aware that demands linked to the bar profession far exceed supply. The aptitude test, does certainly tackle the supply issue but for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, I am inclined to believe that the real purpose of the test is precisely to reduce the number of BPTC graduates rather than to provide the adept students with a BPTC. Chambers do not lose, BPTC providers certainly do not lose but many students, particularly low income students do.

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  • I thought it was ok actually. I was interested to see the type of questions that would come up on the test so this was a good insight. Some of the answers are arguable either way though, but graded a 'pass' so must have been correct!

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  • Personally, I took the test due to pure curiosity and also Passed.
    I didn't really find it particularly hard.

    Furthermore, i am very, VERY young so I presume that all the learning you may have done to become a Barrister could "cloud your common sense" per say. In the future, I hope to become a Solicitor so this seemed fitting as a little taster of the type of mindset you have to use when working in Law.

    Critical thinking also seems to be the main trait that this test tested for.

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  • I have to take that test, wanted to ask for any tips from those of you who passed it.

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  • Is there anywhere to obtain sample question and answers for this test? Thanks !

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  • If the bar council or any legal organization conducted the test,it is partly OK, but trusting the test to a purely commercial organization, I find it a simply commercial deal.Education is becoming like a commercial business .People sitting at bar organization do not realize the harm they are doing to the country.Let me elaborate in details. Many commonwealth countries still have their lawyers solicitors train in UK.Do we want to kill the flow of foreign currency ?
    Example Gracia Just remember when England was the center of learning ,most of the world professional was from UK and those professional have the influence of
    Britain and of British equipment . hence the famous labeling MADE IN ENGLAND.After the door of the British universities start to shut down to overseas student and with time British influence also vanish overseas. Other countries take advantage of the situation, rightly. and starting openly inviting student to come and study , hence partly responsible for the fading out of MADE IN ENGLAND.
    So beware people sitting at Disorganization you might push commonwealth countries to set the machine on to get away with your legal education provider.

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  • I've got a pupillage at a top chambers, and a number of top degrees from university. Why do I need to take this silly test?

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