Thursday, April 21, 2016

Statistics on the 2014 Bar (Part 10)

Statistics on the 2014 Bar Examinations
(Part 10)
Thads Bentulan

Possible solution
The MCQ format in the 2011 bar could be analyzed and refined. If the Americans trust the MCQ why not the Supreme Court?

In the case of pure essays, I have a complex but more equitable idea: One examiner who prepares the questions, and an additional two who will help in checking, for each subject. Each of the three (who would not know each other) will grade each notebook separately and their respective scores will be averaged. This is complex,  but given the amount of sacrifice made by the examinee and his family, the current method simply is likely to cause injustice. Complex but equitable.

Ultimate fact
Let’s not lose sight of this ultimate fact: The examinee suspended his career and life for half a year to prepare for the bar, sacrificing families and relationships, digging into law books the entire day and night, and spending a huge amount of money, and writing feverishly for eight hours for four Sundays. The least the entire Supreme Court could do is to make certain, each and every answer is graded individually, not by one sweeping glance at the notebook and writing a score that says 50.00 overall. Fair is fair.

Greatest thing
The greatest thing about the 2014 bar is that practically all the questions in all the subjects were very reasonable and very challenging, and probably the best set of questions devised in the last decade. The problems were deeply thought of, that one bar lecturer commented that the problems were  challenging, and that he was hardly able to finish answering in time when he attempted doing it himself. And he is a bar lecturer, an expert of more than 20 years. There were no outlandish or weird or nonsensical questions such as “What is outer-space? Who or which can exercise jurisdiction over astronauts while in outer space?”
For the 2014 bar, it was an exam written by experts to be answered by experts.

(End of Part 10)
- to be continued - 

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8 

Part 9     Part 10     Part 11     Part 12     Part 13     Part 14     Part 15     Part 16

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