BSB says it’s not attainable to launch grades sooner for ‘high quality assurance’ causes

College students caught up on this summer season’s on-line bar examination fiasco received’t be advised their outcomes earlier than resits, and a few aren’t too blissful about this.

The Bar Requirements Board (BSB) announced last Friday it is going to provide college students the chance to resit the centralised Bar Skilled Coaching Course (BPTC) assessments utilizing the normal ‘pen and paper’ from 5 till 12 October. They’ve till Monday to register their resit requests however this can be earlier than the outcomes of the August assessments are launched in mid-October/November.

Bar scholar physique, College students In opposition to the BSB Examination Rules (SABER), has right this moment written to the regulator demanding it launch provisional moderated grades earlier than the October sit. In an open letter, the group writes:

“We query the rationale of intentionally withholding examination outcomes till after resits and due to this fact stopping college students from making an knowledgeable determination about incurring the monetary, sensible, and psychological prices of getting ready for and sitting the exams.”

Different college students waded in on SABER’s #ReleasetheResults debate, with one person mocking the BSB’s newest determination: “Go on! Have a guess about whether or not you handed or not! It’s not like taking a bunch of time without work work for gruelling revision is such an enormous deal and should you don’t wanna give it one other crack unnecessarily it’s solely your profession that hangs within the steadiness.”

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The BSB defined why outcomes couldn’t be issued sooner. It mentioned: “We perceive that candidates may favor to know their August marks earlier than deciding whether or not to register for a number of of the October exams however there are a variety of high quality assurance processes that have to be adopted earlier than outcomes might be formally confirmed and issued; it’s not attainable to subject them any earlier. It’s also a broadly accepted educational precept {that a} candidate who has handed an examination shouldn’t be capable of resit that examination merely to enhance their mark.”

The assertion continued:

“If a candidate is worried that their grade in August may not replicate their true means, whether or not or not they consider that they could have handed, they need to choose to resit in October earlier than their August sit outcomes are recognized, and the higher of their August and October grades will then be thought to be definitive. The October exams are open to all candidates who haven’t exceeded the utmost variety of permitted makes an attempt and have been placed on as a way of mitigating the problems that any candidates encountered with the August exams. We’re due to this fact treating August and October as the identical ‘sit’.”

It added that after the outcomes for the August exams are recognized to college students, they’ll have a chance to resit an examination in December however provided that they failed that examination in August.

Final month’s bar exams descended into chaos with experiences hitting the nationwide press of scholars urinating in bottles and buckets over fears their on-line assessments could be terminated in the event that they went to the bathroom. Others confronted technical points, with Twitter aflood with experiences of scholars being locked out of the distant proctoring system. The BSB conceded that round one third of exams have been affected by difficulties in some unspecified time in the future throughout the examination interval.