How Many Questions Do You Need to Get Right to Pass the MPRE?

score needed to pass the mpre, passing mpre scoreHow many questions do you need to get right to pass the MPRE?  Unfortunately, hard and fast data is not released to MPRE takers so it is impossible to tell you an exact number of questions you need to answer correctly to pass the MPRE. However, the information that we give you below is available is very revealing.

How Many Questions Do You Need to
Get Right to Pass the MPRE?

According to an article written in 2011 by Susan M. Case, Ph.D., a former director of the National Conference of Bar Examiners:

  • A score of 100 = 34 correct out of 50 (approximately 68% correct)
  • A score of 85 = 30 correct out of 50 (approximately 60% correct)
  • A score of 80 = 29 correct out of 50 (approximately 58% correct)
  • A score of 75 = 28 correct out of 50 (approximately 56% correct) 

Note that the exact numbers change each administration — so sometimes the raw number of questions that must be answered correctly will increase or decrease depending on the difficulty of the test. However, overall, the numbers will not change much.

It seems quite odd to us that a 56-60% percentage correct – two questions – can make the difference a 75 and an 85 or between passing and failing. This means that you have to fight hard for those ten points (or two questions!) that can determine your MPRE fate.

Note that many law schools and bar review courses say that a score of approximately 32 correctly-answered questions will lead to a score of approximately 85.

Our general recommendation is that if you are scoring between 30 and 35 on most practice exams, you are in the passing range. If you find yourself not quite meeting that score range or  consistently on the lower end of that spectrum – and especially if your jurisdiction requires a higher passing score — it may be worth it to dedicate some extra time to studying to ensure you pass the MPRE.

How Many Questions do you Need to Get
Right to Pass the MPRE in your jurisdiction?

What is considered to be a passing score varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. To find out how many questions you need to answer correctly to pass the MPRE in your jurisdiction, please see this list of scores needed in each jurisdiction.  They range from a score of 75 to a score of 86.

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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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