24 April 2014

Bar Course Aptitude Test

Candidates seeking entry to the BPTC will be required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) before being allowed to enroll in the course.  This does not affect offers being made or being accepted by applicants.   

The BCAT will test students' critical thinking and reasoning, the core skills required for the BPTC. The aim of the test is to ensure that those undertaking the BPTC have the required skills to succeed.

The test has been introduced in response to recommendations made by the Bar Vocational Course Review Group, chaired by Derek Wood QC. An original pilot of the test took place in 2009-10 with about 200 student volunteers. A second pilot was undertaken in 2011 with over 1,500 students having taken part. This resulted in the Bar Course Aptitude Test's approval by the Legal Services Board in July 2012.


Register and schedule your BCAT
You will be able to register and schedule your test from 4 November 2013 with Pearson Vue. You will need your BPTC application reference number to register.
The test is available to be sat between the 5 November 2013 and the 22 August 2014, although an earlier attempt is recommended. 
The BCAT costs £150 if sat in UK and EU centres and £170 for centres located outside these areas. You will pay at the point of scheduling your test.
You can sit the test in over 100 countries worldwide through Pearson Vue Test centres; click here for a list of countries where the test will be available. If you would like to search for a specific test centre in your area, go to the Pearson Vue site.

Reasonable Adjustments
If you would like to request a reasonable adjustment please read the BCAT reasonable adjustment policy and submit a completed reasonable adjustment form at least 6 weeks before the date you plan on taking the test. The forms must be submitted to BCAT@barstandardsboard.org.uk

Further details of the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
For further information please email BCAT@barstandardsboard.org.uk or phone on 020 7611 1444.

To familiarise yourself with the types of questions used in the test, try The Bar Course Aptitude Practice Test (BCAPT).