MPRE: What You Can’t Bring

[ Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania ]

I can’t bring that into the MPRE?

Think you have free range on what you may bring with you into the MPRE? Sadly, no.

Don't bring these items with you to the MPRE

When it comes to the actual test, there are a number of things that you are prohibited from bringing into the test, including:

  • Purses, wallets and watches

    You can bring these with you to the test center but you’ll have to store them during the actual test.

  • Electronics

    You must turn off all electronics and store them during the test.

  • Water bottles and food

    Test centers have water coolers, but you’ll have to exit the test room to access them so I recommend you hydrate beforehand.

  • Jackets, scarves and hats

    Dress in layers because jackets have to be removed and stored during the test.

  • Study materials

    You are prohibited from bringing study materials into the testing room, so leave them at home!

  • Scrap paper

    The test center will provide you will this.

Most test centers provide free lockers for students to use during the test, but you should still confirm with the test center beforehand! ←

Upon arriving at the test center you’ll have to complete the registration process (some test centers require you to print your registration materials beforehand). You’ll begin by signing in – if lockers are available, one will be assigned to you at this time.

Once your belongings are safely stored away you will be required to provide palm scans – which will be retrieved during the bar exam to confirm your identity – and a headshot. Someone will then walk you through the test process and the rules.

Before entering the testing room you’ll be assigned a computer, given a small whiteboard or scrap paper to write notes on and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. Personally, the noise-canceling headphones were too big for me so I had to suffer through without them – I highly recommend that you bring your own wax earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to avoid that situation.

The exam itself is composed of sixty multiple-choice questions; you’re able to flick back and forth between questions and review your answers before submitting the exam. The computer also has a timer function so you don’t need to worry about looking for a clock.

After submitting the exam you’ll have to raise your hand for someone to come collect you. They’ll confirm your test has been uploaded successfully and then you’ll be free to collect your belongings and flee the test center.

Now, get on out there and crush the MPRE!