This article originally appeared in The Bar Examiner print edition, Spring 2022 (Vol. 91, No. 1), pp. 5-6.

MBE LogoThe MBE: Celebrating 50 Years, 1972-2022

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) was administered for the first time in February 1972 to 4,955 examinees from 19 jurisdictions.  Today, the MBE administered by 54 jurisdictions.

maps of continental US plus Alaska and Hawaii showing number of jurisdictions using the MBE from its start in 1972 and now in 2022. 1972 map shows 19 jurisdictions using the MBE colored green; 2022 map shows 54 jurisdictions colored green maps of continental US plus Alaska and Hawaii showing number of jurisdictions using the MBE from its start in 1972 and now in 2022. 1972 map shows 19 jurisdictions using the MBE colored green; 2022 map shows 54 jurisdictions colored green

February 2022 MBE

February 2022 MBE Examinees:16,504

Bar graph of number of February MBE examinees, 2018–2022. 2018: 21,111; 2019: 21,316; 2020: 19,122; 2021: 16,759; 2022: 16,504

February 2022 MBE Mean Score 132.6

Line graph of February MBE scaled scores, 2018–2022. 2018: 132.8; 2019: 134.0; 2020: 132.6; 2021: 134.0; 2022: 132.6

bar graph of percentages of first-time (black color), repeat (green), and untrackable (grey) February MBE examinees, 2018–2022. Untrackable percentages has asterisk, and 2021 has dagger, pointing to respective footnotes. Values for repeat, first-time, and untrackable groups are as follows. 2018: 67.0, 23.2, 9.8; 2019: 68.6, 21.6, 9.8; 2020: 41.0, 48.5, 10.5; 2022: 68.4, 31.6

*The first-time and repeat MBE-based test taker information calculated by NCBE is an approximation based on the NCBE Number and biographic data, which has not been used consistently in all jurisdictions across time. Prior to 2022, approximately 10% of examinees were unable to be tracked with certainty by NCBE as either first-time or repeat takers due to a lack of sufficient biographic information. As of 2022, all jurisdictions have provided the necessary information for a sufficient number of administrations to allow for adequate tracking.† Because information about first-time and repeat test takers is based on whether an examinee has previously taken the MBE, attempts made by examinees who sat for an exam during the July 2020 exam cycle but did not take the full, in-person MBE are not reflected in the determination of status. As a result, it is likely that first-timer values for February 2021 are somewhat inflated and those of repeaters are depressed.

MBE Standard Deviations

February

2018

16.0

2019

15.2

2020

15.6

2021

16.5

2022

15.4

MBE scores are reported on a scale ranging from 0 to 200. The values reflect valid scores available electronically as of 03/23/22.


 

March 2022 MPRE

March MPRE Examinees:19,206 

Number of MPRE examinees, 2018–2022, split between March, August, and November/October subtotals. 2018: 20,346 (March), 16,651 (August), 20,580 (November/October); 2019: 19,138 (March), 17,066 (August), 22,165 (November/October); 2020: 17,000 (March), 12,688 (August), 16,607 (November/October); 2021: 18,078 (March), 18,615 (August), 19,804 (November/October); 2022: 19,206 (March)The values in this chart reflect valid scores available electronically as of 4/21/22.

March MPRE Mean Score 95.6 (score scale 50–150)

MPRE mean scores, 2018–2022, split between exam administrations. 2018: 94.7 (March), 93.0 (August), 95.5 (November/October); 2019: 93.8 (March), 93.4 (August), 97.0 (November/October); 2020: 95.8 (March), 98.6 (August), 98.8 (November/October); 2021: 99.0 (March), 96.0 (August), 97.5 (November/October); 2022: 95.6 (March)Comparability of results may be limited due to fluctuations in examinee counts.

MPRE Standard Deviations

 

March

August

November/October

2018

17.9

17.8

18.2

2019

17.9

17.5

18.3

2020

18.5

18.3

18.8

2021

18.7

19.1

19.3

2022

18.6

 

 

MPRE scores are reported on a scale ranging from 50 to 150. The values reflect valid scores available electronically as of 4/21/22.


 

2022 Annual Bar Admissions Conference

April 28–May 1, 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana

icons representing stats listed in paragraph text: 291 total attendees (blue silhouette); 107 first-time attendees (green silhouette with plus symbol); 21 speakers (red microphone icon); 15 sessions (orange icon of silhouettes around table); 32 justices from jurisdictions’ highest courts (teal icon of gavel and block); 53 jurisdictions represented (map icon of continental US plus Hawaii and Alaska)

The 2022 NCBE Annual Bar Admissions Conference drew 291 attendees representing 53 jurisdictions, including 32 justices from jurisdictions’ highest courts and 107 first-time conference attendees.

Among the attendees were 21 speakers who presented at 15 sessions (1 keynote address, 5 plenary sessions, 8 breakout sessions, and 1 workshop) over the course of the conference.

Look for details about the conference sessions and speakers in the next issue of the Bar Examiner.

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