In subsequent decades, much has changed. A pre-exam was introduced as an entry barrier to the 4 main exam papers, you don't need to understand all three EPO languages (EN, DE, FR) anymore, and you are allowed to use books and other training material during the exam. In 2021, the exam went online and one of the exam days was split in two.
At its core, however, the exam still tests the same legal knowledge and professional skills. A candidate needs to advise clients about complex legal situations, draft a patent application, answer a communication from the Examining Division, and oppose a granted patent.
The EQE is made up of 4 papers, inspirationally named paper A, B, C and D. In 2012, the pre-exam was introduced. Since 2010, 9,406 candidates together sat 48,547 exam papers. On this website, I've tried to visualize some of the interesting information that can be derived from this massive source of data. Statistics for the separate papers and for the full 4-paper main exam can be accessed via the main website menu. Also, if you know your examination number, you can find all your own scores here.
If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.- Ernest Rutherford