Note: All Uniform Bar Examination jurisdictions (see Chart 5) observe the same policies pertaining to the grading and scoring of the exam. Each value for the combined score weights is a rough approximation of the score on a 200-point scale that would be required to meet the jurisdiction’s minimum passing standard. This value is not applicable to individual bar examination components, nor is it used to determine actual pass/fail outcome. In addition, local grading policies, bar exam characteristics, and other statistical factors may lead to fluctuations in these values and may affect the comparability of these scores across jurisdictions.

Click anywhere in a row to see a summary of that jurisdiction’s answers.

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum passing score in Hawaii was temporarily reduced to 133 for the September 2020 and February 2021 exams. (Hawaii’s July 2020 exam was instead administered in September due to the pandemic.)
†Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum passing score in North Carolina was temporarily reduced to 268 for the July 2020 and February and July 2021 exams.
‡Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum passing score in Oregon was temporarily reduced to 266 for the July 2020 exam.
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum passing score in Washington was temporarily reduced to 266 for the July 2020, September 2020, and February and July 2021 exams. (The September 2020 exam was an additional exam administered in Washington due to the pandemic.)

Supplemental Remarks

California  The exam is weighted 50% MBE and 50% written (both essay and performance test scores).

Florida  The state component of the Florida General Bar Examination contains both locally developed essay and multiple-choice questions. Equal weight is given to all subparts of the state component of the General Bar Examination. The result of the state component is weighted equally with the MBE in determining whether an applicant passes the General Bar Examination.

Hawaii  The MBE is weighted 50%. The individual remaining items, which consist of 6 MEE questions, 2 MPT tasks, and a locally developed Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination consisting of 15 multiple-choice questions, are all equally weighted for a cumulative total of 50%.

Kentucky  Kentucky’s minimum passing score for the MPRE is 80 for applicants taking the exam after July 1, 2017. For scores earned before that date, the previous minimum passing score of 75 will continue to be honored.

Louisiana  Each of 9 subject-matter tests which comprise the examination may include short answer and/or multiple-choice items.

Michigan Note that Michigan will begin administering the UBE in July 2022 or February 2023, at which time it will administer the MEE and the MPT. The chart shows the combined score weights and minimum passing standard for the bar examination administered prior to Michigan’s first UBE administration, at which time Michigan used a unique method of scoring the examination that placed the essay and MBE scores on a common scale. Upon Michigan’s administration of the UBE, the combined score weights will be as follows: MBE 50%, MEE 30%, MPT 20%. The minimum passing score required on the UBE has not yet been determined.

Nevada  In order to pass, applicants must also earn a scaled score of 75 or higher on at least 3 written essay questions.

Oregon  The chart shows the minimum passing standard of 270 effective with the July 2021 examination. Prior to that, the minimum passing standard was 274 (with the exception of the July 2020 exam, for which the score was temporarily lowered to 266 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). 

Pennsylvania The chart shows the combined score weights and minimum passing standards for the July 2022 examination, at which time Pennsylvania will administer the UBE. For the February 2021 exam, the 6 answers to the essay examination and the performance test (valued at 1.5 times an essay question) were graded, totaled, and scaled to the MBE. The combined essay and performance test scores were weighted at 55%, and the MBE score was weighted at 45% of the total scaled score. The scaled scores of the performance test/essay examination and MBE were then combined to determine whether a scaled score of 272 or higher had been attained. The minimum passing score required on the UBE has not yet been determined.

Rhode Island  To pass the examination, applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 1 (admission on examination) must achieve a combined total score of 270 or greater. Applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 2(a) (attorney admission on examination) do not take the MBE and must score 135 or greater on the written component of the examination.

South Dakota  The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of 1 locally developed essay question, 5 MEEs, and 2 MPTs. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the examination, an applicant must achieve a score of 133 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75% on the written component.

Wisconsin  The written component of the examination may include performance on the MPT, the MEE, and/or locally developed essay questions. The composition and weight of these written subcomponents may vary by administration.

Northern Mariana Islands  The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of the MPT, the MEE, and locally developed essay questions.

Palau  The exam includes the MBE and a written component that includes the MEE, the MPT, and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard for each component. To pass the exam, an applicant must achieve a score of 120 or higher on the MBE and a score of 65 or higher on each individual component.

Puerto Rico  The combined passing score is 596 points out of 1,000. Exam dates are in March and September.

Supplemental Remarks

California  The exam is weighted 50% MBE and 50% written (both essay and performance test scores).

Florida  The state component of the Florida General Bar Examination contains both locally developed essay and multiple-choice questions. Equal weight is given to all subparts of the state component of the General Bar Examination. The result of the state component is weighted equally with the MBE in determining whether an applicant passes the General Bar Examination.

Hawaii  The MBE is weighted 50%. The individual remaining items, which consist of 6 MEE questions, 2 MPT tasks, and a locally developed Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination consisting of 15 multiple-choice questions, are all equally weighted for a cumulative total of 50%.

Indiana  Indiana will begin administering the UBE in July 2021. The minimum passing standard has not yet been determined at time of publication. For the February 2021 exam, the minimum passing score was 264 (132 on the 200-point scale).

Kentucky  Kentucky’s minimum passing score for the MPRE is 80 for applicants taking the exam after July 1, 2017. For scores earned before that date, the previous minimum passing score of 75 will continue to be honored.

Louisiana  Each of 9 subject-matter tests which comprise the examination may include short answer and/or multiple-choice items.

Michigan  Michigan uses a unique method of scoring the examination that places the essay and MBE scores on a common scale. Information about Michigan’s scoring formula is available on the Board of Law Examiners’ website.

Nevada  In order to pass, applicants must also earn a scaled score of 75 or higher on at least 3 written essay questions.

Oklahoma  The chart shows the combined score weights and minimum passing standards for the July 2021 examination, at which time Oklahoma will administer the UBE. For the February 2021 exam, the combined score weights were as follows: MBE 50%, local essay 50%. The minimum passing standard was 2,400 on the reported score scale.

Pennsylvania  The 6 answers to the essay examination and the performance test (valued at 1.5 times an essay question) are graded, totaled, and scaled to the MBE. The combined essay and performance test scores are weighted at 55%, and the MBE score is weighted at 45% of the total scaled score. The scaled scores of the performance test/essay examination and MBE are then combined to determine whether a scaled score of 272 or higher has been attained. The chart shows the combined score weights and minimum passing standard for the bar examinations administered in February 2021, July 2021, and February 2022. Pennsylvania will begin administering the UBE in July 2022, at which time the combined score weights will be as follows: MBE 50%, MEE 30%, MPT 20%. The minimum passing score required on the UBE has not yet been determined.

Rhode Island  To pass the examination, applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 1 (admission on examination) must achieve a combined total score of 276 or greater. Applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 2(a) (attorney admission on examination) do not take the MBE and must score 138 or greater on the written component of the examination.

South Dakota  The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of 1 locally developed essay question, 5 MEEs, and 2 MPTs. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the examination, an applicant must achieve a score of 133 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75% on the written component.

Wisconsin  The written component of the examination may include performance on the MPT, the MEE, and/or locally developed essay questions. The composition and weight of these written subcomponents may vary by administration.

Northern Mariana Islands  The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of the MPT, the MEE, and locally developed essay questions.

Palau  The exam includes the MBE and a written component that includes the MEE, the MPT, and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard for each component. To pass the exam, an applicant must achieve a score of 120 or higher on the MBE and a score of 65 or higher on each individual component.

Puerto Rico  The combined passing score is 596 points out of 1,000. Exam dates are in March and September.