Note: All UBE jurisdictions administer the MBE, the MEE, and the MPT; scale the written component to the MBE; and combine the MBE and written component scores. The percent weight of the combined score for the three tests is as follows: MBE 50%, MEE 30%, MPT 20%. No UBE jurisdiction is currently administering a local component as part of its bar exam; however, UBE jurisdictions may require completion of a jurisdiction-specific component before admission (see Chart 5).
|ID||Jurisdiction||What is your average grading/reporting period? (February/July exams)||Minimum passing standard for total bar exam score based on reported score scale||Minimum passing standard for total bar exam score based on 200-point scale||MPRE minimum passing standard (on scale of 50 to 150)|
|1||Alabama||both 9 weeks||260||130||75|
|2||Alaska||both 10–12 weeks||280||140||80|
|3||Arizona||both 9 weeks||273||136.5||85|
|4||Arkansas||both 5 weeks||270||135||85|
|5||Colorado||both approx. 9 wks.||276||138||85|
|6||Connecticut||10 wks./9 wks||266||133||80|
|7||District of Columbia||both 9–10 weeks||266||133||75|
|8||Idaho||both 6 weeks||272||136||85|
|9||Illinois||both 6 weeks||266||133||80|
|10||Indiana||both 8–9 weeks||264||132||80|
|11||Iowa||both 7 weeks||266||133||80|
|12||Kansas||both 6 weeks||266||133||80|
|13||Kentucky||both 9 weeks||266||133||80|
|14||Maine||both 7–9 weeks||270||135||80|
|15||Maryland||8 wks./12 wks||266||133||85|
|16||Massachusetts||8 wks./12 wks.||270||135||85|
|17||Michigan (First UBE administration February 2023)||May 15/Nov. 15||135||135||85|
|18||Minnesota||6 wks./10 wks||260||130||85|
|19||Missouri||both 7 weeks||260||130||80|
|20||Montana||both 7–8 weeks||266||133||80|
|21||Nebraska||both 6–7 weeks||270||135||85|
|22||New Hampshire||both 10 weeks||270||135||79|
|23||New Jersey||in May/in Nov.||266||133||75|
|24||New Mexico||both 6–8 weeks||260||130||80|
|26||New York||9 wks./12 wks.||266||133||85|
|26||North Carolina||both 4 weeks||270*||135||80|
|27||North Dakota||both 7 weeks||260||130||85|
|28||Ohio||9 wks./12 wks.||270||135||85|
|29||Oklahoma||both 7 weeks||264||132||75|
|30||Oregon||both 7 weeks||270†||135||85|
|31||Pennsylvania (First UBE administration July 2022)||5 wks./9 wks||(see suppl. remarks)||(see suppl. remarks)||75|
|32||Rhode Island||both 10 weeks||270||135||80|
|33||South Carolina||8 wks./12 wks.||266||133||77|
|34||Tennessee||6 wks./9 wks||270||135||82|
|35||Texas||5 wks./8 wks.||270||135||85|
|36||Utah||both 8 weeks||270||135||86|
|37||Vermont||both 8–10 wks||270||135||80|
|38||Washington||both 6 weeks||270‡||135||85|
|39||West Virginia||both 7 weeks||270||135||80|
|40||Wyoming||both 6–8 wks.||270||135||85|
|41||Virgin Islands||both 12–14 wks||266||133||75|
What is your average grading/reporting period? (February/July exams):
Minimum passing standard for total bar exam score based on reported score scale:
Minimum passing standard for total bar exam score based on 200-point scale:
MPRE minimum passing standard (on scale of 50 to 150):
*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.).
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.
Michigan Note that Michigan will begin administering the UBE in 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.
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 2022 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 at time of publication.
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.