Tuesday, May 30, 2017
From the National Jurist:
National results from the exam revealed that the average MBE score was 134 points, falling one point from the previous year. The results were released online by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and later confirmed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The MBE consists of 200 multiple choice questions covering law school subjects such as constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, evidence, civil procedure and torts. . . . .
The answer may be that scores are dropping because law schools have lowered admission standards in previous years to increase first-year enrollment.
Another possible factor:
One final factor that could have played into the poor MBE performance is a recent change made to the format of the exam. Typically, 190 questions are factored into the test taker’s score, and 10 questions are experimental. This year, however, the MBE format was changed. Scores in February only factored in 175 questions with the remaining 25 questions being experimental.
This does not mean that the February exam was any harder than previous examinations. Erica Moeser, president and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, told Above the Law that the changes were of “no consequence.”
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