Friday, 27 July 2012

The new D paper in 2013

The Examination Board recently published more information about the EQE 2013 papers. There are no mock exams, so candidates and tutors do not know exactly what the papers will look like.

What we do know:
- A single 5 hour exam on Tuesday - see schedule 
- with DI-style questions [roughly about 40% of marks to be done in 2 hours]
- with DII-style questions [roughly about 60% of marks to be done in 3 hours]
- the exam is testing the same level of ability and knowledge as in previous years [just in a different way]

So, during your preparation:
- prepare for DI questions
- prepare for DII questions
- consider [& try] different exam strategies

... and on the exam:
- The main difference in 2013 will be less time, so an appropriate strategy and good time-keeping will be essential.
- look through the exams before you start writing to see what you have to do. If the exam looks different than you expected. (e.g. different number of questions, different order, less prior art, more prior art), don't panic. If you can do the previous exams, then you can do this one
- decide on a strategy, and how to best divide your time


Our courses for EQE 2013 have now been fully updated for the new D paper:
- We provide methodologies for both DI and DII parts
- We discuss strategies for optimising the points scored within the shorter time provided

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

EQE Paper D - statistics

For all 1440 candidates [including 124 who scored 0]
- Average: 39.5
- Minimum: 0
- Maximum: 83
- Number with 44 or less: 813 [56.5%]
- Number with 45 & higher: 627 [43.5%]
- Number with 50 and higher: 472 [33%]

















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We assume that most of those with 0 are candidates who did not turn up.

So, for the 1316 candidates who scored more than 0
- Average: 43.5
- Minimum:5
- Maximum: 83
- Number with 5 to 44: 689 [52.4%]

- Number with 45 & higher: 627 [47.6%]
- Number with 50 and higher: 472 [36%]


EQE 2012 - Paper D

Congratulations to all who passed the D paper this year, either outright or as a compensable fail.

Looking at all the 1440 candidates [including 124 who scored 0 points]:
- about 44% got 45 or higher [compensable fail] and 33% got 50 or higher [pass].

This is more than in 2011 [then, about 35% got 45 or higher].