MANILA - Of the 5,686 who took the Bar exams last year, only 949 passed, a source from the Supreme Court said.
The source said the high court decided even to bring down the passing grade to 70%. Had it not, the passers would have numbered some 300 only.
Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa earlier said that each exam would consist of a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) portion and an essay portion.
The MCQ portion had a weight of 60%, while the essay exam part had a weight of 40%. There was also a performance test (trial memorandum) in the afternoon of the last Sunday of the exams.
The Bar exams this year will revert back to its previous format, which was predominantly essay-type.
The Bar exams will be held on the four Sundays of October 2013 and would consist of 80 percent essay-type questions and 20 percent multiple-choice questions (MCQ).