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What's a good MBE score?

Well... in most states you really only need a score of 131-135 to pass the MBE®. Scoring higher than needed on the MBE exam is actually very beneficial, because in most states, any number over passing will be added to MEE score, which will give you a better chance of passing the exam!

The MBE® in a Nutshell

The MBE (Multistate Bar Exam) section of the bar is worth 200 points in most jurisdictions.

  • Represents 50% of your overall score in UBE jurisdictions
  • 40-50% in non-UBE jurisdictions.
  • There are 200 total questions on the MBE exam
    • 25 are tester questions and will not be graded
    • 175 questions that are scored (worth 1 point each)

MBE Scoring

Alright, so we have the basics down, let’s get into this a little deeper:

The 175 questions that are scored include 25 questions from each of the seven subjects comprising this portion of the exam (more on this later).

Your raw score is then converted to a scaled score (ranging from 1-200) based on a statistical formula that is designed to account for differences in difficulty when compared to prior administrations of the exam.

Raw Score: This is the number of correct questions out of 175.
Scaled Score: This is the number that your raw score converts to after the MEE gets their hands on your score. This usually means additional points, yeeehaw!
Percentile: This number will allow you to compare yourself to other test takers For example, if you're in the 60th percentile, you scored higher than 60% of the other test takers!


Can I Skip the Tester Questions?

Hold on partner, watch your step...

Because there is no way to determine which questions are scored versus which are testers, each question must be treated as equally important when taking the bar exam.

What Topics Are Most Important on the MBE?

There are some areas where you can heavily focus to maximize your score. Each subject on the MBE has areas that are generally heavily tested, but that’s another article.

The (7) subjects tested on the MBE exam:

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Contracts
  4. Criminal law & Procedure
  5. Evidence
  6. Real Property
  7. Torts

Master these topics before the bar

Make MBE Prep part of your bar prep program: