Friday, 22 March 2013

Pre-Exam 2013 Statistics

22 March 2013: the results are  in on

Some figures:
- Participants:  643 (99.7%)
- Passes:        641
- Fails:               2
- Average:         81 marks
- Median:          82 marks
No participant scored full marks.

Here's how the marks are distributed:

How does this compare to last year's result:
- Participants:  390
- Passes:        386 (98.7%)
- Fails:               5
- Average:         84 marks
- Median:          87 marks
Four participants made not error at all.

Some conclusions: quite a few more participants, marks are marginally down, but the extremely high pass rate is even higher. It looks like an exam you cannot fail.

Any comments?


  1. looks like about 260000 easy Euros for the EPO to me...

  2. I really do not see the point in introducing this exam...

  3. I think the point in introducing the pre-exam, if any, should become visible as an improved pass rate in the main exam, presumably paper D, among candidates who took the pre-exam as compared to first time sitters of paper D who did not take the pre-exam. One could hope that spreading the studying over a two year period would improve the outcome in the main exam. Remains to be seen.

    1. I agree with the third poster. I just sat for the 2013 pre-exam and now feel as though I am in a very good starting point to continue my preparations for the main exam. I am grateful for having gone through the experience of preparing for and taking the pre-exam.

    2. I agree as well. I sat the pre-exam in 2012 and this year I passed all four papers. I feel like I would have never passed the D paper without starting to study well in advance. And I know my limits: I am not able to start studying two years before an exam. This way I was forced too.
      My only doubt is that the pre-exam might not be difficult enough to actually force people to study: in 2012 we had no idea about the pre-exam level and some tutors were saying it was going to be just like the D paper. If I knew it was going to be so much easier than the D paper, I would not have studied so much. (OK, I hope I got the verbs right... if not, sorry: my native language is not English!)

  4. The histogram appears to show the results from 2012.