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All EQE results in one place

The exam

Since 1979, aspiring European patent attorneys have spent a lot of time and effort on preparing for what originally was 3 days of exams that should turn them into officially qualified professional representatives according to Article 134 EPC.

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 data

A long, long time ago, candidates only received their results in a personal letter. Later, a preliminary result was accessible by logging in at an EPO website where you could only see your own results. In 2010, the EPO started publishing all individual exam results. Although the results are anonymized (you need to know your personal examination number and find your scores somewhere in a 30+ page pdf), these public scores are great source material for some statistical analysis.

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