Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Information on the schedule for the EQE 2021 examination papers

"Information on the schedule for the EQE 2021 examination papers" has been published in the EQE website today.

It indicates that:

"The EQE 2021 exam schedule is now available. Candidates are advised that the document may be subject to minor changes as testing continues.

The EQE 2021 will take place online using LockDown Browser. On examination days, candidates are advised to log on to the online examination system's internet platform at least 20 minutes before the start of the relevant paper.

Information on how to register and log on to the online examination system will be communicated in due course.

The pre-examination and both papers C and D will be split into parts. This means that candidates will not be free to allocate their time as they see fit across the different parts of the papers. To compensate for this restriction, the total duration of the relevant papers has been extended. Once the time allowed for a part has elapsed, it will not be possible to go back to that part."

The details for each of the Pre-Exam and main exam papers are given in the document.

The document comprises detailed schedules as to the break-up of the Pre-Exam, C and D papers into two or more parts, with scheduled breaks in between the parts. It indicates that once the time allowed for a part has lapsed, it will not be possible to go back to that part. 

The Pre-Exam is broken into 4 parts: the legal part of the paper is split into two parts of 5 questions (4 statement each), and the claims analysis part is also split into two pars of 5 questions each.

Paper A and B are in one part.

Paper C is split into two parts.

Paper D has two breaks:The DI is split into two parts, each part having 3 questions (2 x 25 marks) and one DII part (50 marks). 

Candidates in the Pre-Exam and Paper D would thus not have the possibility anymore to freely decide on the order in which they do the various parts and questions (2 legal parts and 2 claims analysis parts for Pre-Exam; 2 DI parts and 1 DII part for D). The total duration of these papers has been extended to compensate for the resulting restrictions. 

Good luck!

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

New version of e-EQE FAQ available

 A new version of the e-EQE FAQ is now available on the EQE webpages, here.

The FAQ has been extended with more questions, and now provides answers to the following questions (go to the FAQ for the answers):

  • Where can I sit the online EQE and is anyone else allowed to be in the room with me?
  • Can I sit the EQE in an examination centre?
  • Will I be allowed to print out the examination papers?
  • Will the papers be made available in the three official languages of the EPO?
  • Will I be able to familiarise myself with the examination software in advance?
  • Will I need an internet connection?
  • What software will be used and what will be the requirements in terms of the operating system?
  • Will the examination papers be provided in digital format?
  • Will it be possible to print the examination papers?
  • What sort of computer screen do I need?
  • What text editor will be used?
  • Will copy/paste be possible?
  • Will I be allowed to write my answer on paper and scan and upload it afterwards?
  • Will I be allowed to make notes on paper?
  • Will I be allowed to switch to writing on paper if I don't feel comfortable with the PC?
  • How much time will be allowed for each paper?
  • When will more information on the e-EQE be available?

The answers indicate (cited in part; emphasis added):

  • You can sit the online EQE at any suitable location, e.g. your home or workplace. However, no other person is allowed to be in the room with you.
  • There will not be any examination centres.

  • You will need a stable internet connection for the duration of each paper. 
  • The examination system will make use of a locked browser.
    The operating system must be either Microsoft Windows 7 or MacOS/X10.10, or higher versions.
    You will need administrator rights on your computer to install, start and use the browser.
    Candidates will be allowed to test the browser well in advance of the examination.
    Further information will be made available in due course.
  • The examination papers will be available in PDF in a viewer.
  • You will have to type your answers using the editor provided in the locked browser. It will not be possible to scan and upload your answers.
  • The text editor is a simple tool for text entry with basic formatting functions (underlining, bold, italic, bullets and numbering).
  • Copy/paste will be possible in the editor, so you will be able to copy and paste parts of the text which you have written yourself in the text editor.
    Copy/paste will also be possible from any text part of the examination paper.
  • You will be allowed to make (handwritten) notes on paper, but they cannot form part of your answer (as you cannot scan and upload those).
  • You will not be allowed to switch to writing on paper if you don't feel comfortable with the PC.
  • Candidates will be allowed to print parts of the pre-examination and main examination papers before the start of the respective paper.
    When it comes to deciding which parts can be printed, consideration will be given to ensuring the confidentiality of the questions while enabling candidates to work comfortably and ergonomically.
  • Only one screen will be allowed. It should be big enough for you to work in the editor and read the examination paper.
    Not all parts of the examination paper can be printed, so those parts which cannot be printed will have to be read on the screen.
    Further information will be made available in due course.

  • The time allowed for each paper will not be less than in the past.
    However, the exact start and end times as well as the break times have not yet been decided. Tests will be carried out to find the best option.
    Candidates will be informed in due course.
    Please note that the EQE 2021 will take place over five days (see Notice of 2 October 2020 & blog).

The e-EQE FAQ can be found at

Saturday, 3 October 2020

The examination schedule for the EQE 2021 has been revised

A revised examination schedule has been published on the EQE website: here.

A copy is shown below:

Friday, 25 September 2020

Information about online EQE 2021 (e-EQE): aim is to have the software available for candidates as of January

 A new sub-page "e-EQE" about the online EQE of 2021 is available on the EQE webpages.

Currently, the page provides the following (cited in full, emphasis added).


EQE goes digital – update for candidates and tutors

In order to maintain continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions around the world have been implementing digital solutions for both the classroom and examinations.

Following the cancellation of the EQE 2020, and in view of the ever-increasing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Supervisory Board decided in July that the EQE 2021 would be conducted online. An e-EQE task force was set up, along with a working group consisting of EPO staff and epi members to oversee and support progress.

The transition to the new e-EQE began with a market study aimed at identifying the product which best meets EQE requirements. The most promising ones are currently being tested.

Once a decision on the product has been made, further tests will be carried out with a larger group of test persons, mostly professional representatives. Further details on how the examination will be conducted will then be announced. The aim is to enable candidates to start familiarising themselves with the software as of January next year.

Security is a key element in any online examination, and we understand that there may be some concerns with regard to privacy. Here, too, candidates may rest assured that all possible steps are being taken to ensure that the e-EQE complies with the most stringent data protection requirements.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the e-EQE, please contact the EQE helpdesk ( We will use your questions as the basis for FAQs, which will be published in due course.

In the meantime, watch this space for updates on the e-EQE.


Also note the message on the epi website, "epi supports e-EQE in 2021".

Please feel free to provide your comments.

Update 30.09.2020: 

a first version of the FAQ is now also available on the EQE website (here)

Today, the FAQ provides  (30.09.2020; emphasis added), a.o.:

Thursday, 23 July 2020

EQE 2021 online

The Supervisory Board announced that EQE 2021 will be online. See here (and EQE webpage).

The text of the announcement is reproduced integrally below:

EQE 2021 – Important information from the Supervisory Board

The European qualifying examination (EQE) 2021 is planned to be conducted online.

A working group composed of EPO and epi representatives has been set up to work out the arrangements for next year's EQE. Their aim is to ensure that the examination can be conducted in an orderly manner in a safe environment and to guarantee fair conditions for all candidates. The Supervisory Board is in close contact with the working group and oversees all its tasks.

Further details will be announced at a later date, including an option for candidates to test the system in good time before the examination.

The EQE syllabus and the structure of the various examination papers will be as outlined in the REE and IPREE and in line with previous years' examination papers (Compendium).

For the time being, individual questions on the online examination will not be responded to directly. However, they will be collected and used as a basis for FAQs to be published at a later stage.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

The Decision is out: No EQE in 2020

EQE 2020 Candidates are currently receiving emails informing then that no European qualifying examination (pre-examination or main examination consisting of papers A, B, C and D) will be held in 2020.

The email reads (emphasis added):

Monday, 30 March 2020

Enrolment to the main examination 2021 postponed

The EQE website provides:

Please be informed that enrolment to the main examination 2021, which was due to start on 1 April 2020, has been postponed until 4 May 2020. 

Applications must be submitted no later than 17 August 2020 via myEQE (see enrolment page).