The EPO has published an update on arrangements for the 2021 EQEs. Key points to note are:
- The exam schedule is now available, with dates and start and end times for each paper. The exams will be held during the week commencing 1st March 2021.
- Exams will be online, using a platform with the somewhat ominous name of “LockDown Browser”. Candidates are advised to log on to the system at least 20 minutes before each paper.
- The pre-EQE and papers C and D will be split into parts, with compulsory scheduled breaks between the parts. Information for each part will be released at the beginning of that part, and once that part is finished it will not be possible to go back to it later in the exam. In addition, candidates may take unscheduled breaks (which do not stop the exam clock) in all papers except the pre-EQE and D1. The total duration of some of the papers has been extended.
- The pre-EQE will be split into four parts
- Papers A and B are full papers, not split into parts
- Paper C will be split in to two parts
- Paper D will be split into three parts
- More information will be released in due course.
The IPKat blog covered the update on the EQE arrangements, together with some reflection on the 2020 PEB exams. Rather than having scheduled/enforced breaks, the PEB’s approach was to extend the duration of all of the exams with a recommended time for screen breaks/uploading/printing, but ultimately it was left to the candidates’ discretion to decide whether and when to take breaks. There was a lot of discussion in the IPKat post’s comments about the 2020 PEB exams, including comments from Sarah Boxall, the PEB’s Chief Examiner, on candidates’ use of allocated time for screen breaks/uploading/printing.
If you have any feedback or concerns about the 2020 PEB exams, please email constructive comments to Joel Briscoe, our Honorary Secretary. We will respect any requests to keep comments anonymous. We will collate the comments, highlight common themes, and provide feedback to CIPA through the appropriate channels.