SC holds pilot bar exams Jan. 31, a dry run for first-ever online tests this year

Published January 8, 2021, 5:49 PM

by Rey Panaligan 

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday, January 8, announced it will conduct an online pilot or mock bar examinations on January 31 in four testing sites: Baguio City, Metro Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City.

In a Bar Bulletin signed by Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, chair of the 2020 and 2021  bar examinations committee, the SC said:

“The Pilot (Mock) Bar Examinations will be a small-scale simulation of the actual Bar Examinations using computer software, proctored both physically and virtually.

“The goal of this exercise is to improve on the procedure and technical specifications for the first-ever digital and localized Bar Examinations in November 2021.”

Under the Bar Bulletin, there would be 120 pre-selected students who will participate in the mock examinations in four testing areas.

It said the students should apply through the SC’s online portal which will be open starting January 12. The deadline for the application is on January 20.

It also said:

“The examinees’ “grades” for the pilot (mock) Bar Examinations will not be part of the actual Bar Examinations. No merit of demerit shall be received by students who participate in the pilot (mock) Bar Examinations, should they later take the actual Bar Examinations.

“The procedure and timeline for this year’s Bar Examinations shall be announced soon after the conduct of the pilot (mock) Bar Examinations, but not later than Feb. 14, 2021.”

Last year, the SC announced that because of the corona virus 2019 pandemic, the bar examinations for the years 2020 and 2021 will be conducted simultaneously in Manila and Cebu City in November 2021.

However, with the setting of the mock examinations in four testing sites, it was not known immediately if Baguio City and Davao City would be included as testing venues this year.