Since 1901, the Supreme Court has used the essay type of examination in the Bar examinations which was corrected manually by the examiners of each subject.
The high court has already started filling up its data bank for possible questions in the 2011 Bar examination, which, for the first time will be a multiple choice type of examination.
The high court stressed the need to collect about 200 topic items per subject where some 300 items could be later drawn for the construction of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQs) for each of the bar examination subjects, including Remedial Law, Civil Law, Mercantile Law, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Taxation, Political Law and Legal Ethics. Law schools all over the country have contributed MCQs which will be included in the data bank
On July, the high court will conduct a “run-through test” as part of its preparation for the September examinations.
Participating law schools in the run-through test will send 20 fourth year students who will take the exam. Results of the “mock Bar” exam, the high court said will be used to help the high court establish the reasonable passing rate for MCQ exams.
This is the first time that the high court will use the MCQ type of examination for aspiring lawyers. Associate Justice Roberto Abad, Chairman of the 2011 Bar examination said the MCQ exams will assess the three main skills of examinees, including knowledge and recall; comprehension or understanding and analysis and application. If a student fails in the MCQ examination, the essay will no longer be corrected.
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