2011 Bar exams to use multiple choice format for the first time in 100 years

For the first time since 1901, the 2011 Bar examination will feature a multiple choice format, reports Inquirer.net. According to the supreme court, 60 percent of the exam will be multiple choice questions while 40 percent will be in essay form. Two hundred multiple choice questions will be constructed from about 300 topic items, which will be shortlisted from about 200 items for each subject. The newspaper reports that the subjects include Remedial Law, Civil Law, Mercantile Law, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Taxation, Political Law and Legal Ethics.

The main skills to be tested are knowledge and recall, and comprehension and analysis and application, according to  Associate Justice Roberto Abad, chairman of the 2011 Bar exams. If an examinee fails the multiple choice part of the exam, his or her essay will no longer be assessed.

For over 100 years, the Bar exams have followed an essay format.

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