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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 vocational component of Bar Training. You will not be able to study the vocational component of Bar Training without it.

Get certified from your home or office

Take your BCAT exam conveniently from home through OnVUE online proctoring. A live proctor will monitor you through the webcam on your workstation to provide a secure exam experience.

Watch the short video on the BCAT online proctoring page to see how convenient it is to test from home or work. Be sure to run the system test before you sign in to register for an online proctored exam. Good luck!

How to Register

BCAT registration is now open.

The BCAT remains an entry requirement for entry onto a Bar training course though this requirement is currently under review while the BSB Board seeks approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB) to discontinue the Test, as noted in the BSB’s press statement of 1 April 2022. Candidates intending to commence a course in July should book their test as soon as possible but those starting in September are advised to await the outcome of the BSB’s application to the LSB. The BCAT is available online as well as in test centres. The Test will remain open until the LSB has made its decision.

You will be able to register for the BCAT online via the Pearson VUE Website. Please read the Pearson VUE statement about test delivery information in light of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The BCAT costs £150 if taken in the UK or EU and £170 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 (Opens in new window). 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.


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 2022-03-25