how long is the mpre, February 2019 MPTHow long is the MPRE? And Other Basic MPRE Questions Answered

Here, we answer a few basic MPRE questions that students often ask us. We tell you how long the MPRE is, whether you need to take the MPRE to become a licensed lawyer, and what a passing MPRE score is. 

How long is the MPRE? And Other Basic MPRE Questions Answered

How long is the MPRE?

The MPRE is exam is two hours long. You will have 60 multiple-choice questions to answer in two hours (which comes down to two minutes per question if you are taking the exam under timed conditions).

Do I need to take the MPRE?

The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions (Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico). Some jurisdictions (Connecticut and New Jersey) say that students who pass a professional responsibility course in law school do not have to pass the MPRE.

What is a passing MPRE score?

Each state establishes their own passing MPRE score. We have a list of passing MPRE scores by state here.

How many questions do I need to get right to pass the MPRE?

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the organization that administers the MPRE, does not state directly how many questions you need to get right to pass the MPRE. The MPRE is “scaled” every administration. So it is difficult to determine the exact raw score you need to pass. However, we do have information on how many questions you need to get right to pass the MPRE here. This is based on our research and calculations!

Do I need to pass the MPRE before taking the bar exam?

Most states do not mandate that you pass the MPRE before you take the bar exam. (Some states put limits on the amount of times you can take the bar exam — e.g., once, twice, etc.). Check with your jurisdiction.

How long does it take to get MPRE results?

It usually takes about a month before scores are uploaded to your NCBE “file cabinet.” The NCBE will post on their website the approximate date you should expect results (though sometimes they release results earlier). You should get an email when your results are ready to review.

How many times a year is the MPRE offered?

It is offered three times a year – in March, August, and November. Note: in 2020, the November MPRE is offered in October! 

Where can I take an MPRE course? 

We have a five-star-rated MPRE course for free, here! Note that if you prefer a different vendor, most commercial vendors will offer an MPRE course for free. You can even try more than one to see how you like the style. (It is good research for bar prep!)

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