EQE 2021: the statistics are out!

The EQE secretariat has published statistics on EQE 2021:

Pre-Exam: 626 candidates, 87,38% pass, 12.62% fail

Paper A: 1905 candidates, 74,38% pass, 4,41 % compensable fail, 21,21 % fail

Paper B: 2005 candidates, 55,26 % pass, 10,02 % compensable fail, 34,71 % fail

Paper C: 1852 candidates, 47,08 % pass, 9,67 % compensable fail, 43,25 % fail

Paper D: 2003 candidates, 85,87 % pass, 5,89 % compensable fail, 8,24 % fail

A total of 2780 candidates enrolled to one or more main exam papers. 1093 candidates have fulfilled the conditions of Article 14(1) REE, i.e., have passed the EQE and can request to be entered on the list.

The pass rates for paper A and C are within the "normal bandwidth". The pass rates suggest that the marking has been somewhat lenient to "compensate" for the special circumstances of this year's EQE (in particular, cancellation of EQE 202 due to Covid-19; preparation via videoconferencing and self-study due to Covid-19 restrictions throughout the year; first online exam; relatively unknown platform; uncertainty). 

The pass rate for B is very low compared to earlier years; as may have been expected in view of the discussions on the paper, e.g., in the comments on the blogs, e.g. as to the deviating character of the paper (without one clear solution direction) and the unusual aspects despite the "same character as before" indication given in advance. 

The pass rate for D is very high due to the neutralization of D1-1, where all candidates received the full 25 marks of 25 marks, such that only 25 (20) marks had to be scored of the other 75 marks (25 D1 and 50 D2) to obtain a pass (compensable fail). No statistics is available on the effect of the neutralization, e.g., no statistics is available on the results without the neutralization, so that the effect of the 20% extra time and the effect of the D1:D2 ratio being 50:50 rather than the previous 40:60 cannot be estimated.

Unfortunately, no list of individual sores (marks vs EQEregnr) has been published, nor can it be expected that it will be published as our requests thereto have been denied, so that we cannot perform any analysis on the obtained marks, nor can we present the distribution of marks as we used to do on these blogs. 

The published statistics also show pass, compensable fail and fail rates by place of residency and by place of nationality of candidates.