BAR COURSE APTITUDE TEST (BCAT)
Sample test questions and answers for the BCAT
The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) is designed to test aspiring Barristers. The BCAT applicant must undergo this test before they can gain entry onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
A comprehensive and detailed guide is the ultimate preparation tool for anyone pursuing a career as a Barrister. The book contains insider advice, what to expect on the day of your assessment and lots and lots of questions for you to work through.
What is the BCAT?
The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) is the first step of a candidate’s training process for becoming a Barrister and it is this step which marks the beginning of a long journey into a challenging but rewarding career.
This book will cover everything you will need to know about the Bar Course Aptitude Test and the process involved. This book has been created to ensure a candidate is fully prepared for the test and is given all the information they will need to know.
Whilst a person cannot truly study for the test, they can help themselves by taking lots of practice tests and become familiar with the testing process.
The BCAT is a form of psychometric testing which assesses a person’s level of performance. Based on the Watson-Glaser critical thinking appraisal, the Bar Course Aptitude Test is a useful tool to measure a candidate’s abilities and skills required to become a Barrister.
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The Tests - what to expect
The BCAT format uses statements and conclusions; of which the candidate must answer in a particular way depending on the type of question they are answering.
The test consists of 5 basic question types, all of which will appear on your real BCAT. Each question type is used in order to assess a particular skill or ability that is required and used in the role of a Barrister.
The five question types are as follow:
- Inference – A conclusion that can be drawn from facts or supposed facts given in the statement.
- Recognition of Assumptions – Something that is presupposed or anticipated. Something we can assume based on the information provided.
- Deduction – The ability to come to a conclusion based on the information you are provided with.
- Interpretation – How you interpret and understand the information in order to come to some conclusion.
- Evaluation of Arguments – Measuring an argument based on strength and weakness to determine how well it forms a solid and reasonable argument.
Practice Test Questions
Inference – Question 1
The case of a Mumbai couple who approached the courts in India after their time limit for an abortion was overdue, wanted a termination of their pregnancy. This case of euthanasia was denied by the courts. The parents wanted to be granted permission for an abortion after they found out that the foetus had been detected to have disabilities which would affect the life of the unborn child. The courts argued that the unborn child has the right to live despite being possibly disabled.
Inference – Answer 1
Explanation = the couple went to the courts because they have power to sanction euthanasia and therefore this inference must be true.
Interpretation – Question 2
Statement = Fire fighters have issued further strikes in regards to pension schemes. The current proposal means workers can be dismissed at the age of 60 because they cannot maintain physical fitness requirements. The new proposal hopes for fire fighters to be able to retire at a more flexible age of 55 and still keep their pension schemes.
Proposed Conclusion = Fire fighters are inadequate of doing their job properly at the age of 60.
Interpretation – Answer 2
- Conclusion does not follow
Explanation = the conclusion cannot follow because it is a generalised statement. The statement does not claim whether or not ALL fire fighters at the age of 60 are capable of doing their job, therefore this conclusion cannot be drawn.
Evaluation of Arguments – Question 3
Statement = Should the Government allow convicted criminals the right to expunge their criminal records after 5 years of being sentenced?
Proposed Argument = No, the Government will be blamed if the convicted criminals commit further crime.
Evaluation of Arguments – Answer 3
- Argument weak
Explanation = the argument does not focus on the expunging of criminal records. Instead, it focuses on criminal’s committing further crime. Although it does provide an example of the consequences in terms of the Government, the overall argument provides trivial details and therefore does not provide a strong enough argument.
Bar Course Aptitude Test 200-page Guide – Contents
The Data Interpretations comprehensive workbook contains:
- Created by the UK’s leading career specialists, this comprehensive guide includes:
- What the BCAT is, what to expect and how it is measured
- 100s of practice questions for you to work through
- Detailed explanations and answers to ensure you know how to reach the correct answers
- An analytical approach (‘The RED Model’) to help you answer the questions
- Detailed chapters on each question type including:
- Detailed scoring sheet to evaluate your answers and see what is expected from you when it comes to taking the real test.
- A replica Mock Test that mimics the actual test
- Insider tips and advice from current serving Barristers on passing the test
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