9/10 BARBRI students pass the bar, but we don’t care about bar exam pass rates. Here’s why.

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It’s easy to get caught up in bar exam pass rates when considering your bar prep options. The reality is that about 9 out of 10 BARBRI students who do the average amount of work pass the bar. That’s impressive … but we don’t care about that number, and neither should you.

We recommend that you not put too much stock in a pass rate – BARBRI’s or any other bar prep course’s. Pass rates are not a good indication of how YOU will actually perform on YOUR bar exam. Your time is better spent understanding the bar prep activities that really matter to YOU passing YOUR bar exam.

4-year study: What really drives bar passage

Let’s start where the data scientists did – combing through four years of data and working with law schools nationwide to uncover what truly drives bar passage.

BARBRI data scientists researched all activities completed by tens of thousands of BARBRI students, segmenting by UBE /non-UBE states and looking state-by-state to determine the activities and experiences that are more or less important to bar passage.

They also looked at the effects of simply studying with BARBRI vs. another bar prep course. What they found was pretty astounding. The data showed that students who studied with BARBRI scored up to 25 more points on average compared to students who took another bar prep course. Check out that data here.

Breaking down the “independent variables to passing the bar”

What the data scientists also found is that, while all activities that are assigned in the BARBRI Bar Review course are correlated to increased points on the bar exam and, ultimately, bar passage, some activities matter more than others. That’s why, at BARBRI, we constantly rely on data to determine the best assignments to serve at the right time during your bar prep.

The assignments with a darker shade of gray have greater impact, which means they have an even higher correlation to bar passage.

The data scientists also have found the BARBRI Simulated MBE to be one of the most powerful and statistically significant experiences one can have in preparing to pass the bar exam.

In fact, the BARBRI Simulated MBE is as correlated to the actual MBE as the PSAT is to the SAT. There are many reasons why an individual preparing to pass the bar exam should not miss out on the BARBRI Simulated MBE. Learn more about the bar exam curve and the BARBRI Simulated MBE here.

At BARBRI , we are driven to provide the most efficient and effective bar prep courses available. That means focusing your precious, limited study time exactly where you’ll get the most points possible on your bar exam. That’s a measure of success you can trust with a great deal of confidence. It’s also the reason the majority of graduating law students, every year, selected BARBRI as their bar prep partner. Now we’re here for you.

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