What is (Was) The BCAT?

April 8, 2022

The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) is no longer a requirement for students intending to apply for and undertake the Bar course.

It was previously a requirement for students to complete the BCAT, as it was designed to provide an indication of which students would likely fail the Bar course. However, it is no longer believed to be an effective filter of aspiring barristers who will likely succeed.

The test focused on critical thinking and understanding different arguments and perspectives. In 55 minutes, students were required to secure a pass mark of 45 in order to be able to begin the vocational component of Bar training i.e. the Bar course.

There were 60 questions all together consisting of five types of questions, all of which were multiple choice. These questions test:

  • Inference
  • Recognition of Assumptions
  • Deduction
  • Interpretation
  • Evaluation of Arguments

It was possible to re-sit the test twice

At present, this is no longer required, and students are able to follow a number of Different Routes To The Bar. Applications to study the Bar course are usually made directly to your intended Bar course provider, and membership with an Inn of court is also required prior to commencing the course. You have the option to apply for scholarships from both your course provider and from your Inn of Court to fund the course.

 

 

 

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