New format for Bar exams starting 2011

Posted at 08/07/2010 12:46 AM | Updated as of 08/07/2010 12:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Starting next year, the Bar exams will have a new format, the Supreme Court (SC) announced Friday.

The new format, which will be implemented starting September 2011, will be 60% multiple choice and 40% essay.

The SC said the exam is expected to be harder, because the multiple choice questions will be "very precise." Given the choice of 3 correct options, the examinee needs to choose the best one.

Chief Justice Renato Corona also expressed confidence it will be hard to cheat or leak answers because they have strict security measures to protect the questions.

University of the East (UE) Law school Dean Amado Valdez said the exam scope will now also be more comprehensive, and will "adequately" check the examinees' scope of knowledge.

Examiners stay overnight in a secure location, and the exam will be printed the day before as a security measure.

Law students had mixed reactions on the new bar exam format.

Some welcome it because examinees are given more chances to answer a wider scope of topics while others prefer pure essay format because you can reason your way out and still get points for the effort. -- Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News