evidence mbeWhere Can I Find Past MPT Questions? The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a lawyerly exercise that requires examinees to complete a task that is outlined in the memo. In order to complete the task, students must critically evaluate and analyze information provided in the “file” and the “library.”

The MPT is worth a significant percentage of an examinee’s overall score on many bar exams. For example, if you are in a Uniform Bar Exam state, the MPT is worth 20% of the total score. Thus, it is well worth spending some time developing an efficient approach to the MPT. The best way to study is by doing and reviewing past questions. It is possible to find past MPT questions, good student answers, and MPT point sheets for free! Here are places to look for past MPTs for free:

Where to find Past MPT Questions (for free!):

1. The NCBE website

You can find MPTs from July 2006 through February 2011 if you go to the “Study Aids” section of the NCBE website. For each examination, you can access the file and library for both MPTs that appeared on the exam for each administration. At the end of each PDF file, you will see the point sheets for each question. This is a valuable resource because you can see which issues you could have spotted for each question. You can also get an idea of how you could have organized your answer.

2. The Georgia Bar Admissions website

Georgia introduced the MPT on its bar exam beginning with the July 2011 administration. (Georgia also tests students on both MPTs that are written by the NCBE each year). Visit the “Essay and MPT Questions and Selected Answers” section of the Georgia Bar Admissions website. There, you will find past MPT questions listed by year. (Again, the earliest questions you will find will be from the July 2011 exam).

Note that the point sheets are not available for these questions on the Georgia website. However, you can see two high-scoring student answers for each MPT. Simply click on the “Sample Answers” link for each year to access the answers. This is a valuable resource because it gives you an idea of what an actual bar examinee wrote in 90 minutes.

As a word of caution, the student answers may not address every issue or fact. But keep in mind that these answers received a high score and are an incredibly useful study tool.

The site has been updated to include the MPTs and answers from the February 2016 administration.

3. New York Bar Exam website

If you are practicing MPTs that were tested from July 2005 to February 2011, take a look at the “Past Exam Essay Questions with Sample Candidate Answers” on the New York Bar Exam website. The NCBE writes two MPTs for each administration, but non-UBE states have the option to include none, one or both questions on their exams.

Here you can find high scoring student answers to the one MPT question that was tested on each New York exam in the past. Now that New York has adopted the UBE, it is highly likely that you will find student answers for both MPT questions on the New York Bar Exam website starting with the July 2016 administration.

What if you still cannot find an MPT or point sheet that you are looking for?

Sometimes it is possible to find MPT point sheets for recent exams for free by searching the Internet. We recommend you google it! (If you find any good additional sources, please email us at [email protected]!)

Here you can find high scoring student answers to the one MPT question that was tested on each New York exam in the past. Now that New York has adopted the UBE, it is highly likely that you will find student answers for both MPT questions on the New York Bar Exam website starting with the July 2016 administration.

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