IT glitch hits BPP bar aptitude test

BPP Law School was left with egg on its face earlier this week after technical problems prevented a number of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students from sitting a controversial aptitude test.

The would-be lawyers, who had only been informed of the test two-weeks previously, were left waiting two hours to sit the test, which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now made compulsory.

A BPP spokesperson said: “Once we had confirmation from the BSB regarding the timescale of the compulsory aptitude test pilot, we informed the students as soon as was reasonably practical.”

“We conducted the online pilot over two days, so students could drop in to complete it at a time convenient to them. Due to server problems with the external supplier of the test, Pearson, there was a small two-hour problem when students couldn’t sit the pilot test while the problem was fixed.”

The BSB launched the original pilot in 2009 to gauge how effective the proposed test would be in assessing students’ suitability for the BPTC.

Following the success of the first pilot the BSB launched the second pilot for all students who started the course in 2010.

The BPP spokesperson added that Pearson has apologised to the BSB for the problems and all impacted students were informed immediately.

The students affected by break are not required to retake the pilot.