Kaplan, the assessment provider for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), has recently concluded an extensive review of a marking error reported during the SQE2 sitting in April. This occurrence, while isolated, prompted a thorough examination of the assessment process, the findings of which were presented to the SQE Assessment Board in October.
The vast majority of candidates can breathe a sigh of relief, as the review determined that 324 examinees were unaffected by the error, ensuring the integrity of their original marks. However, Kaplan’s analysis revealed that 21 candidates experienced a nominal increase in their marks for the Business Competence and Management Assessment (BCMA) station. Importantly, this minor adjustment did not influence their overall SQE2 outcome.
In a singular case, one candidate’s mark adjustment for an assessment station was significant enough to alter their SQE2 result from a fail to a pass.
Kaplan has expressed its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of assessment and has reached out to all impacted individuals with a formal apology for the stress and uncertainty caused. Despite the initial concern, the effect on the cohort’s results was so limited that the post-assessment statistical report remains unaltered.
Moving forward, Kaplan has taken this incident as an impetus to further scrutinize and enhance their marking and review procedures. Such continuous improvements are vital in ensuring that the SQE remains a reliable measure of candidates’ readiness to proceed with their legal careers.
For those embarking on the SQE journey, Kaplan’s swift response and transparency in addressing and rectifying the error can be seen as a testament to their dedication to upholding the quality and fairness of the assessment process.
Candidates affected have been duly notified and can rest assured that Kaplan is taking all necessary steps to prevent future occurrences. With strengthened processes in place, Kaplan reaffirms its role as a trustworthy partner in the path to becoming a solicitor in England and Wales.
For more information and regular updates, candidates are encouraged to visit Kaplan’s official communication channels.