Statistics on the 2014 Bar Examinations
Statistics of the 2014 Bar
Finally, let us discuss some statistics of the 2014 bar. What is the importance of these data? This histogram shows exactly how difficult the exam is, as shown by the group’s performance, and how the examinees’ scores are distributed. For example, it show us that only 114 people of the 5,984 (1.91%) obtained a score of 80 and above. Can you imagine that? Did you pass the 2014 bar? Use these data to gauge your ranking.
First, let me introduce the concept of a pip. Simply put, a “pip” is the term given to the smallest increment of the grade, which in the case of the Supreme Court’s system, is equivalent to a 0.01 increment. You may visualize a pip as a stair-step. There is nothing lesser than a pip because like the stair-step, it is the smallest gap between grades. In other usage, a pip could be 100 or 0.50; a pip isn’t a fixed number, it merely refers to the minimum jump from one step to another.
Since the Supreme Court fixes the grade to the second decimal place, each grade movement or increment is by a quantum of 0.01. For example, if a person’s grade is 79.00, while the passing grade is 73.00, then that person is 600 pips above the passing grade. Wow! That’s 600 steps higher than the minimum required by the Supreme Court. That’s a great extra performance. He could have donated that 600 pips to 600 people who got only 72.99, being only 1 pip away from the passing grade. The small single increment of 0.01 grade points can actually make or break a legal career.
Another example, if the 1st placer has a grade of 85.50 while the 10th placer has a grade of 83.95, then the gap between them is 1.55 in grade points, which is actually 155 x 0.01. Remember that the smallest increment is 0.01. Therefore, in terms of pips, the gap between them is 155 pips because there are 155 counts of 0.01 increments between the 1st placer and the 10th placer.
(End of Part 11)