SQE1 assessments will be marked using an optical scanner. Before and after each use, checks will be carried out using calibration response sheets to ensure that the machinery is working correctly. Correct responses will receive marks; no marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. Multiple answers will not be counted. The pass mark will be determined by a Standard Setting Panel convened by the SRA based on the Angoff method.
This panel will include the SRA external examiners. This standard setting group of solicitors is convened by the SRA to decide, based on the individual questions on the paper, what score differentiates somebody who can be considered to have just reached the standard of a newly qualified solicitor in England and Wales from somebody who has not reached this standard. In reaching this judgment the group will consider competency as defined in the Solicitor Competence Statement. A correction will be made for error measurement in the test using standard psychometric procedures (SEm). In this way a pass mark which is empirically justified is established. Following the examination the assessment will be reviewed statistically to confirm its reliability (co-efficient alpha) and accuracy (SEm). Equality impact assessments will be conducted as appropriate. The operation and marking of the assessments will be subject to review by the external examiners appointed by the SRA.