Monday, December 8, 2008

MPRE Scaled Scores & Percentiles: Minimum Passing Score, NY & Other States

The MPRE scores are now out for the November 8, 2008 testing.  Here is an earlier LPB post discussing percentiles and scaled scores, and a follow up post here on minimum scores in various states (including New York, California, and Utah), with further links to such charts.  And this final LPB post links a great article by an NCBE official, Dr. Susan Case, on the test's difficulty and passing numbers. 

Further, the comments to a post at the blog Nuts & Boalts have John Steele asking takers what topics were asked about (on the Nov. 8 administration) that came as a surprise even after good exam prep -- with several informative replies answering his query.  "Partisan arbitrator," anyone? 

Also, earlier this fall we linked to several real students' musings on the MPRE.  [Alan Childress]

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They were just pointing out the failings in my pre-MPRE lecture, which were no doubt legion. I've done the lectures for only two MPRE cycles and it was a sobering experience. Next time, I plan to take the test myself.

I've discussed elsewhere the insanity of placing great emphasis on the rules governing judges' lateral movement, etc. Honestly, when those issues arise, my answer is "hold on, let me re-read the rule." And I spend all day fielding phone calls, etc.

Personally, I'd require far higher scores to pass, but I would emphasize the issues that we know that the practicing lawyers keep mis-analyzing. In other words: easier questions, higher required passing scores, and increased emphasis on the questions that will force students to bear down on the issues that affect clients. Or, in a nutshell: what would knowledgeable clients test us on? What would the discipline authorities and insurers test us on?

There would be lots of questions on client definition and scope of the representation.

Posted by: John Steele | Dec 8, 2008 6:40:29 PM

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