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SC prepares multiple choice questions for 2011 Bar exams

By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:14:00 11/29/2010

Filed Under: Board Exams, Laws, Education

MANILA, Philippines?The Supreme Court has 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.

Record from the high court?s dialogue with officers and members of the Philippine Association of Law Schools stressed on the need to build up a data bank that would contain at least 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. These subjects include Remedial Law, Civil Law, Mercantile Law, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Taxation, Political Law and Legal Ethics.

?We have so far put in our data bank our coverage index. This is the coverage of the Bar exams by subject? but the topics in our coverage index are still few and too broad for writing the needed MCQs,? Associate Justice Roberto Abad, chairman of the 2011 Bar examination told officers and members of the Philippine Association of Law Schools.

The coverage index, Abad discussed during the dialogue will be expanded to a ?coverage roll? to include sub topic items.

?The random selection of topic items shall span the length of the coverage of each subject, taking into account the importance of each of its subdivisions to beginning practitioners,? Abad said.

On July, the high court will conduct a ?run-through test? as part of its preparation for the September examinations.

In the run-through test, participating law schools will send about 20 incoming 4th 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.

Law schools all over the country have contributed MCQs which will be included in the data bank. Such questions will be segregated per topic and will be included once a raffle list has been made for the preparation of the MCQs for the September exam.

This is the first time that the high court will use the MCQ type of examination for aspiring lawyers. Abad said the MCQ exams will assess the three main skills of examinees including knowledge and recall; comprehension or understanding and analysis and application.

However, if a student fails in the MCQ examination, the essay will no longer be corrected.

Since 1901, the high court has used the essay type of examination in the Bar examinations which takes almost a year to be corrected manually by the examiners of each subject.



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