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
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
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
The test is available to be sat between the 5 November 2013 and
the 22 August 2014, although an earlier attempt is
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;
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.
If you would like to request a reasonable adjustment please read
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).