SC to pilot-test a computerized Bar examination

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the chairperson for the 2020 Bar examination, on Thursday said that the high court will pilot-test a computerized Bar exam.

Leonen revealed this in his keynote address during the online oath-taking of the 2019 Bar passers just moments ago. It wasn’t clear though if the planned pilot-testing will be implemented in the next examination.

Incidentally, the 2020 Bar exams was moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, with Manila and Cebu City as venues.

“First, we would remove inequities that are inherent to the Bar examinations,” Leonen said.

” I have also been given the go signal to drive a project to examine the various digital platforms for a pilot test in computerizing the Bar, including how applicants answer the exam questions,” he said.

Also, Leonen reminded new lawyers that the Bar exams was not gauge of a lawyer’s true worth.

“The bar is merely a qualifying examination, not a determinant of how good you will be as a lawyer,” Leonen said.

“Keep in mind that this title will not fully define or constitute who you are. You are more than your degrees and your professional titles. They are your masks behind these masks and titles,” Leonen added.

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