Description of the test
The multiple choice test will consist of 180 multiple choice questions. The exam will be divided into morning and afternoon periods of three hours each, with 90 questions in each period.
The questions will test Part A of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Day One Outcomes namely:
A1 Knowledge of the jurisdiction, authority and procedures of the legal institutions and professions that initiate, develop, interpret and apply the law of England and Wales and the European Union
A2 Knowledge of applicable constitutional law and judicial review processes
A3 Knowledge of the rules of professional conduct, including the Solicitors' Accounts Rules
A4 Knowledge of the regulatory and fiscal frameworks within which business, legal and financial services transactions are conducted
A5 Understanding of Contract law
A6 Understanding of Torts
A7 Understanding of Criminal law
A8 Understanding of Land law
A9 Understanding of Equitable rights and obligations
A10 Understanding of Human Rights
A11 Understanding of the laws applicable to business structures and the concept of legal personality
Indicative content is also given by the SRA for its Day One Outcomes which will help you prepare for the test.
The 180 questions will be divided roughly equally between each of these 11 outcomes.
Each of the questions on the test is followed by five possible answers. Candidates should choose the best answer from the stated alternatives. Each question is designed to be answered by applying fundamental legal principles to the given fact patterns. Candidates should mark only one answer for each question. Multiple answers will not be counted. Marks are based on the number of questions answered correctly.
Please note that at the end of the MCT all question papers will be collected in as will all rough work. You will not be allowed to remove the question paper or anything else including rough working.
Marking of the test
The MCT will be marked using an optical scanner. Each correct response will receive a mark. Multiple answers will not be counted. No marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. The mark for the two parts of the MCT will be aggregated to derive the overall mark.
Passing the test
In order to pass the MCT candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for the MCT. This pass mark will be determined by a "Standard Setting Panel" convened by the SRA.
For further details see the Marking and Moderation Policy.
There will be no permitted materials for the MCT. Candidates will be provided with an HB pencil and a calculator.
Fit to sit
You should be aware that a "Fit to Sit" Policy will be in operation for all assessments. Essentially by attending an assessment you are certifying yourself as being fit to sit it and you will be required to sign a form to this effect at the beginning of each assessment. Full details of the Fit to Sit Policy are in the Assessment Regulations.
Provision will be made for candidates with exemptions. Please refer to the SRA website for further details regarding exemptions.
Unless otherwise stated in advance candidates will be assessed on the law in force at the time of the assessment.
The following sample questions illustrate the kind of questions that will appear on the MCT. Each question is followed by five suggested answers. The correct answer is the best of the stated alternatives. The sample questions do not represent all the material that will be covered by the MCT. To model the pacing required for a full MCT these questions should be answered in 40 minutes. The answer key is at the end of the questions.