Even Bar topnotcher finds exam "long, difficult"

This year's bar topnotcher from the San Beda College of Law admitted having a hard time answering questions in the 2009 Bar Exam.

Reinier Paul Yebra, who is the first San Beda student to top the bar in over 40 years, passed the exam with a score of 84.80%. The last San Beda law student who topped the bar exam was Rodolfo D. Robles in 1967.

“Mahirap talaga ‘yong exam. Mahaba at mahirap. (The exam was difficult. It was long and difficult),” Yebra said. “The examinees had a difficult time answering the questions.”

Yebra said the Supreme Court’s decision to lower the passing grade from 75% to 71% was "just right" because the exam questions are becoming more and more complex.

“I think na tama lang na ibinaba nila. (It’s just right that they lowered the passing grade),” he said.
Yebra told ABS-CBN News in an interview that he is glad he passed the exam, becoming one of the few lucky passers.

Less than a quarter (24%) of 5,903 examinees passed this year, according to the Supreme Court (SC).

Yebra, the eldest of 4 siblings, now works for a law firm. His classmate at San Beda, Charlene May Tapic, placed 2nd overall.

SOURCE: With a report from Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News (2010). 2009 Bar topnotcher says exam was 'long and difficult'. ABS-CBN News. Posted at Mar 28 2010 12:20 AM | Updated as of Mar 28 2010 11:19 AM. https://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/03/27/10/2009-bar-topnotcher-says-exam-was-long-and-difficult