BLOG by Roger Meslar,
BARBRI Sr. Director, Assessments & MBE Content
The National Conference of Bar Examiners has recently announced updated scoring information for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).
What Has Changed?
Previously, 10 of the 200 multiple choice questions included on each MBE exam were unscored, as they were being field-tested for possible future use. Starting with the February 2017 exam, 25 of the 200 multiple choice MBE questions will now be unscored. In other words, 175 of the 200 questions will be scored and used to determine the result of your exam going forward. The 175 scored questions will be distributed evenly among the seven subjects tested on the exam.
How Will This Affect My Bar Exam Preparation?
This will not affect your bar preparation. The MBE is still a 200 question exam, and the unscored questions are indistinguishable from the scored questions, so you need to answer all 200 questions. The Bar Examiners will convert your raw score to a scaled score based on a 0-200 range, and the scaled score is what jurisdictions use to determine whether you pass. For more information on the change, please feel free to visit the NCBE website here.
How Can BARBRI Help Me?
Every U.S. state bar exam, with the exception of Louisiana, use the MBE and it’s a critical component of the exam. Actually, many of our students have told us that the MBE is the scariest portion of the bar exam for them.
Mean MBE scores have been falling for some time – in 2015, they were the lowest they have been in over 10 years. This means that choosing your bar prep course – and knowing exactly how you, personally, are going to do on the bar exam, before you actually sit for it – has never been more important.
This is why, earlier this year, we introduced the exclusive BARBRI MBE Immersion as a new kick-off to BARBRI Bar Review. MBE Immersion is a deep-dive experience that spans the first two-days of the BARBRI Bar Review course and implements an evidence-based approach to accelerate the pace you learn the law tested on the MBE and, in turn, successfully answer MBE questions. It provides you with a mental framework for the vast amount of law you need to master for the MBE.
It’s also why your entire BARBRI Bar Review experience is presented to you via your own Personal Study Plan. Video lectures, outlines, practice questions and workshops build over time to create a highly effective bar prep structure. Then, your Personal Study Plan analyzes more than 1,000 points of data collected from your assignments, grades, practice exams and practice essays to hone in and improve on areas of law that need the most attention.
Lastly, it’s why we continue to provide the exclusive BARBRI Simulated MBE with Pass Predictor. This, by far, will be your best predictor of bar exam success. Our realistic 200-question Simulated MBE compares your test results with thousands of other BARBRI students – the largest, most statistically valid group of bar exam takers nationwide.
Only BARBRI has studied every single MBE since it debuted in 1972. In fact, the MBE portion of the bar exam has changed many times in recent years and so have our practice test questions. We’ve reviewed, edited and revised them to accurately reflect the most current MBE format. Every day at BARBRI, we are focused on providing a bar review course that continues to attract the overwhelming majority of law school students each year and one that has helped more than 1.3 million law students pass the bar exam. Now we’re here to help you #OwnTheBar.