27 May 2018

BPTC Centralised Examinations

Overview of the BPTC Centralised Examinations

 

BPTC centralised examinations are set on behalf of the BSB by the central examination board (CEB). The CEB consists of a group of senior examiners, including experienced legal practitioners and academics. Psychometric and examination experts support the work of the CEB.

 

Centralised examinations were introduced to ensure consistency across course providers, and closer regulatory oversight of standards in knowledge subjects. The following subjects are centrally examined:

  • Professional Ethics;
  • Civil Litigation and Evidence
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing.

 

All BPTC candidates sit centralised examinations on the same day at the same time. 

 

Exam                            Duration      No of questions      How marked

Professional Ethics       2.5 hours       6 SAQs                    Centrally by the BSB

Civil Litigation                3 hours         75 MCQs                  Electronically by the BSB

Criminal Litigation         3 hours         75 MCQs                  Electronically by the BSB

 

The standard for success is determined at each sitting based on the difficulty of the questions (using a criterion-referenced standard setting technique) and so may differ between sittings. For further information about standard setting pleae click the link in the resources box on the right.

 

 

The dates for the 2017/18 centralised examinations are as follows:

Spring Sit:

Professional Ethics              Friday, 23 March 2018, 2pm

Civil Litigation                     Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2pm

Criminal Litigation               Monday, 16 April 2018, 2pm

 

Summer Sit:

Professional Ethics              Monday, 13 August 2018, 2pm

Civil Litigation                      Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2pm

Criminal Litigation                Friday, 17 August 2018, 2pm

 

 

The dates for the 2018/19 centralised examinations are as follows:

Spring Sit:

Professional Ethics              Monday, 8 April 2019, 2pm

Civil Litigation                     Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2pm

Criminal Litigation               Thursday, 18 April 2019, 2pm

 

Summer Sit:

Professional Ethics              Friday, 16 August 2019, 2pm

Civil Litigation                      Monday, 19 August 2019, 2pm

Criminal Litigation                Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2pm