The July 2014 Bar Exam Results: The MBE Push Back and the Lowered Scale Scores

I have talked with many students this bar exam cycle about their MBE scores. Many students I talked with failed the MBE while passing the state portion of their bar exam. The MBE is always difficult because you have to get the right answer or you get no points.

However, in this bar cycle the MBE results were devastating. The lower MBE scores across the board from every state has pushed down bar exam pass rates significantly in many states. For example, Florida’s pass rates are routinely 74%-75%. We’ve seen it as high as 77%. This bar cycle the Florida pass rate spiraled down to 71%.

Looking at the clues, the NCBE has obviously restructured and rescored the MBE. Although, the NCBE has given a very convoluted explanation as to why it no longer gives raw scores, the raw scores have been eliminated, so we can’t calculate the scaled scores. For a standard bar cycle in the past, scored scores have varied from 15-20 points. This bar cycle, the scaled scores seem to have been recalculated, and, possibly lowered. Without knowing the raw scores, we can only guess what the scaled scores were. In talking with students and evaluating their scores, it seems certain that the scores across the country have been lowered by about 5 points.

The hardest hit group is the repeat bar exam taker. They have been the ones who desperately needed an extra 5 points in order to pass the MBE.

In addition to the recalculation of the scaled scores, we will see Federal Civil Procedure on February 2015’s bar cycle, making the February 2015 MBE a nightmare for repeat takers.

For repeat takers taking the February 2015 bar exam you should start preparing now. You must retain a  bar exam tutor. Trying and preparing the same way has produced negative results. Repeat takers in pass at a percentage lower than 40%. Why risk this result again? Retain an MBE Testing Institute bar exam tutor to help you pass in February 2015.

The MBE Testing Institute knows that taking the bar exam as a repeat taker can be an isolating experience. The MBE Testing Institute helps the student keep motivated and confident through interaction with the bar tutor.

An MBE Tutor is important to the repeat taker. The MBE Testing Institute can help you overcome the difficulty of the MBE test and help you to a successful score.

If you need help passing the MBE, contact the MBE Testing Institute at for more information.

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