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SQE marking fiasco: 175 candidates wrongly told they failed exam

19th April 2024

Law Gazette

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and SQE assessment provider Kaplan today apologised to 175 students who were wrongly told last month that they had failed their exam.

The 6,262 candidates who sat the SQE1 exam in January received their results on 14 March. However, it emerged today that an error saw 175 candidates wrongly told they failed either the first or second part of SQE1. Candidates must pass both 'functioning legal knowledge' assessments to pass SQE1. Kaplan told a media briefing this morning that the matter 'came to light' after candidates appealed their original results.

The SRA and Kaplan said: ‘The incorrect results, which candidates received on 14 March, arose because Kaplan did not round scores at the point in the results process that was set out in the SQE’s published policy.

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