Take your practice Bar Course Aptitude Test now

An example of the controversial Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) is now available for prospective bar students to practice on.


In a statement the Bar Standards Board (BSB) said the practice test is to help students “familiarise themselves with the test structure and question style used” and “get a sense of the length of time needed to undertake the exam, and, for some, whether or not they might require reasonable adjustments.”

Taking the practice test is free and it will be available to students up until 31 July 2013. Students can access the practice test here.

The test was introduced by the BSB in a bid to lower the proportion of students with a propensity to fail and ensure those with a low aptitude do not slow down classes on the Bar Professional Training Course.

Many students who have taken the BCAT during pilots of the test have been far from complimentary, saying that although they understand the need for such a test, as it currently stands it is not fit for purpose.

The Law Society has criticised the BSB for failing to address the real issue in the disparity between the number of students passing the BPTC and the number of pupillages available (6 March 2012).

Fresh controversy erupted earlier this year when it emerged that to take the BCAT students will have to pay a fee of £150 (25 February 2013).