18 January 2019

BPTC Centralised Examinations

Overview of the BPTC Centralised Examinations

BPTC centralised examinations are set on behalf of the BSB by the central examination board (CEB). The CEB consists of a group of senior examiners, including experienced legal practitioners and academics. Psychometric and examination experts support the work of the CEB.

Centralised examinations were introduced to ensure consistency across course providers, and closer regulatory oversight of standards in knowledge subjects. The following subjects are centrally examined:

  • Professional Ethics;
  • Civil Litigation and Evidence
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing.

All BPTC candidates sit centralised examinations on the same day at the same time. 

Exam                      Duration   No of questions                        How marked

Professional Ethics 2.5 hours   6 Short Answer Questions      Centrally by the BSB

Civil Litigation          3 hours     75 Multiple Choice Questions  Electronically by the BSB

Criminal Litigation   3 hours     75 Multiple Choice Questions  Electronically by the BSB

The standard for success is determined at each sitting based on the difficulty of the questions (using a criterion-referenced standard setting technique) and so may differ between sittings. For further information about standard setting please click the link in the resources box on the right.

The dates for the 2018/19 centralised examinations are as follows:

Spring Sit:

Professional Ethics              Monday, 8 April 2019, 2pm

Civil Litigation                     Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2pm

Criminal Litigation               Thursday, 18 April 2019, 2pm

Summer Sit:

Professional Ethics              Friday, 16 August 2019, 2pm

Civil Litigation                      Monday, 19 August 2019, 2pm

Criminal Litigation                Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2pm

Future Bar Training (FBT) - What's changing?

Our review of Curriculum and Assessments has led to a number of important changes. There will continue to be centralised examinations in the same subject areas as at present. Further details about exactly how and when these areas will be assessed, and when the changes will be introduced, will appear here in due course.