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

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.

Looking for MPRE tutoring?

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.

MPRE resources

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: If you are in law school wondering how to conquer this thing the first time you take it, read our advice here.

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