The 2013 Bar examination has been scheduled to four Sundays of October 2013, same month with the 2012 Philippine Bar schedule, the Supreme Court of the Philippines announced in its Bar Bulletin Number 1 dated December 7, 2012.

The Bar Exam 2013 will be administered at University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila on October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013. The bar bulletin also stated that the bar exam questions/coverage will strictly fall within the defined syllabus for every subject. Syllabi shall be released on or before December 31, 2012.

The Bar Examinations in 2013 will be mostly made up of essay-type questions rather than multiple choice, the Supreme Court said. The set of examinations would consist of 20 percent multiple choice questions (MCQ) and 80 percent essay-type questions.

The 20-percent MCQ portion of the exam will be divided into four or five fact situation from which the MCQs shall be asked. The 80-percent essay portion, on the other hand, will be divided into eight (8) divisions of ten (10) points each, with a maximum of two facts per division from which questions will be drawn.

"The corresponding weight of each question shall properly be indicated in the questionnaire, together with estimated answering time, to allow the examinee proper allotment of his or her exam time," the Supreme Court said.

"Whether MCQ or essay, the questions shall be based on a given set of facts, presented as briefly but as clearly and completely as possible, taking into account that every examinee needs reading, understanding, consideration of the applicable law, and answering time for every question," the Supreme Court said.

The whole examination should be answerable by the average bar examinee within 3.5 hours (210 minutes) to allow him or her 30 minutes of review time.

Here is some info you need to know about the 2013 Philippine Bar exams:

Bar Exam Venue: University of Sto. Tomas, España, Manila

Examination Dates: Four Sundays of October 2013:
  • October 6: 8 a.m.-12 noon - Political Law
    2 p.m.-6 p.m. - Labor Law
  • October 13: 8 a.m.-12 noon - Civil Law
    2 p.m.-6 p.m. - Taxation
  • October 20: 8 a.m.-12 noon - Commercial Law
    2 p.m.-6 p.m. - Criminal Law
  • October 27: 8 a.m.-12 noon - Remedial Law
    2 p.m.-6 p.m - Legal Ethics
Coverage: Questions shall strictly fall within the defined Syllabus for every subject. The syllabi shall be released through a Bar Bulletin or before December 31, 2012.

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