How Is The MPRE Scored?
How is the MPRE scored?: The MPRE is composed of 60 multiple choice questions, 50 of which are scored and 10 of which are “test” questions or unsc
ored. Each jurisdiction is able to set their own passing score, but the range is from 75 to 86. The MPRE is scored differently each administration. Therefore, the raw number of questions you need to get correct to pass changes based upon the exam’s difficulty. However, based upon the data of how the MPRE is scored, the overall the numbers do not change much from administration to administration. So, how is the MPRE scored?
How Is The MPRE Scored?
The score range for the MPRE is 50-150. Based upon data from the National Conference of Bar Examiners website, for year 2016, the average range of MPRE scores was 92-93.5.
2016 MPRE National Score Distributions*
* The values reflect valid scores available electronically as of 1/26/2017 on both standard and alternative forms of the MPRE. This graph is taken from the NCBE website!
** These data represent scaled scores in increments of 10. For example, the percentage reported for a score of 70 includes examinees whose MPRE scaled scores were between 70 and 79.
Here is a chart from the NCBE website:
|Percentage of Examinees|
|March (Mean = 93.5)||August (Mean = 92.0)||November|
(Mean = 93.5)
It may be surprising to know that just two questions can make the difference between the score of a 75 and 85. In other words, examinees need to fight for every question based upon how the MPRE is scored. So, every question matters! See this post to read more about how the MPRE Is scored and how many questions you need to get correct to pass.
So, when you practice, you should shoot to land in the range of getting 30-35 correct. More specifically, about 32/50 questions correct or about 64% should get you a passing MPRE score in most jurisdictions. If you are consistently scoring within this range you will likely get enough questions right to pass the MPRE. If you are taking a 60 question practice exam, strive to get 39 or 40 correct to ensure that you are obtaining that passing score.
However, if you are consistently scoring on the low end of the range, we recommend dedicating more time to the study process to ensure that you pass. We encourage you to strive to hit the top end of the range. This is so that ,regardless of the administration’s difficulty, or how the MPRE is scored, you will pass.
If you are nervous about the MPRE we recommend taking it seriously. Click here for a post on how to pass the MPRE on your first try. If you are struggling to pass the MPRE, consider reading our post about what to do after you fail the MPRE.
Meagan Jabbori, a JD Advising bar exam tutor and course instructor, wrote this post on how is the MPRE scored. Meagan scored in the 96th percentile on the Uniform Bar Exam. She has helped hundreds of students pass the bar exam and the MPRE. She also boasts above a 90% passage rate for privately tutored MPRE students!
If you are looking for free resources, you are in luck! For more MPRE tips and tricks, we highly recommend that you review all of our MPRE posts by clicking here. Some popular ones are:
- MPRE Cheat Sheet: Here is a lovely, condensed and efficient MPRE cheat-sheet that you can follow along as you memorize the rules!
- How many questions you should be answering correctly when you practice? (It may surprise you to know that it is almost the same number of questions that you need to be answering correctly to pass no matter what a “passing score” is in your jurisdiction!)
- MPRE Free questions! Here is a list of free sources for MPRE questions. Even if you are taking an MPRE course, it does not hurt to try a variety of questions. This includes released MPRE questions!
- MPRE Tip: Become familiar with Key Words and Phrases on the MPRE: This post gives you an overview of how you can avoid making mistakes by paying careful attention to the call of the question. If you are taking the MPRE this weekend, it is a good last-minute read to make sure you don’t fall into a trap!
- Five Last-Minute tips to Pass the MPRE: These are some last-minute tips and tricks that help students pass the MPRE. They are good things to keep in mind on the exam day!
- How to Pass the MPRE the First Time you Take It: If you are in law school wondering how to conquer this thing the first time you take it, read our advice here.
Do you offer tutoring for the MPRE?
Yes, we offer MPRE tutoring if you are interested in working one-on-one with a tutor who can help you with multiple-choice strategies as well as substantive law. We meet some students for just one session to cover MPRE strategies. Other students we meet multiple times (between two and five times). We offer tutoring online and in person.
Further, we offer group tutoring rates (if you choose to get tutored with a friend). We have a 100% passage rate for our students who have met us for MPRE private tutoring.
Good luck studying for the MPRE!
Ms. Ashley Heidemann graduated as the number 1 law student out of over 200 students in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University. She, along with a team of tutors, tutors for the MPRE, tutors law students and tutors for the bar exam. She also offers a Law School Preparatory Course for students interested in learning the skills necessary to achieve a high GPA in law school.