Important notice concerning testing in areas affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus):

Updated February 26, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and in accordance with local government guidance, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its mainland China testing centres and suspending exam delivery through our third-party mainland China test centre network.

Bar Standards Board Certification Testing

Bar Standards Board Certification Testing

Welcome to the registration centre for the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT).

A BCAT pass is one of the core requirements for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). You will not be able to study the BPTC without it.

How to Register

Registration and scheduling of your BCAT takes place via the Sign in button on this page.

You can take the test from Monday 13 January 2020 until Monday 21 September 2020. Registration for the test is available from Thursday 9 January 2020 until Monday 14 September 2020. The BCAT costs £150 if taken in the UK or EU and £150 if taken in the rest of the world. You pay online at the point of scheduling your test.

You can sit the test in over 100 countries worldwide through Pearson VUE Test centres. Click on the test centre locator button to find your nearest test centre. You will be asked to select a test centre at the point of scheduling your test. You are permitted a maximum of three attempts at the test in one year, starting from the date of your first attempt.

For more information about the BCAT go to the Bar Standards Board’s website. Candidates should apply for the vocational component of the Bar Training by contacting their preferred AETO directly.

BCAT Preparation

The following resources are available to help you prepare for the BCAT:

Please note: the pass mark for the BCAT has increased from 37 to 45.

Scheduling

Appointments may be made up to one calendar day prior to the day a candidate wishes to test, subject to availability.

Please note: the payment platform is not available in the following countries. You will need to contact your preferred test centre to arrange payment and schedule your test.

  • Cameroun
  • Ghana
  • Lebanon
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Bangladesh
Last updated 2020-01-15