MADISON, WISCONSIN, December 10, 2021—The national mean scaled score for the November 2021 Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) was 97.5, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced today. This represents an increase of about 0.5 points from the mean of 97.0 in November 2019 and a decrease of approximately 1.3 points from the smaller October 2020 administration, which had a mean of 98.8. MPRE scores for 19,804 November examinees have been released to jurisdictions and examinees.

The MPRE is a two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination administered three times per year at Pearson VUE testing centers. It is required for admission to the bars of most US jurisdictions. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure candidates’ knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. Passing scores are set by individual jurisdictions and range from 75.0 to 86.0.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners serves bar admission authorities, courts, the legal education community, and candidates by providing high-quality assessment products, services, and research; character investigations; and informational and educational resources and programs. It promotes fairness, integrity, and best practices in bar admissions for the benefit and protection of the public in pursuit of its vision of a competent, ethical, and diverse legal profession. For more information, visit the NCBE website at http://www.ncbex.org.

A chart showing the number of MPRE examinees 2017-2021. In March 2017-2021 there were 20,260; 20,346; 19,138; 17,000; and 18,078 examinees. In August 2017-2021 there were 17,326; 16,651; 17,066; 12,688; and 18,615 examinees. In October/November 2017-2021 there were 20,798; 20,580; 22,165; 16,607; and 19,804 examinees. The chart includes the following note: The values in this chart reflect valid scores available electronically as of 12/9/2021.A chart showing MPRE mean scores 2017-2021. In March 2017-2021 the mean score was 92.7, 94.7, 93.8, 95.8, and 99.0. In August 2017-2021 the mean score was 93.7, 93.0, 93.4, 98.6, and 96.0. In November 2017-2021 the mean score was 94.1, 95.5, 97.0, 98.8, and 97.5. The chart includes the following note: Comparability of results may be limited due to fluctuations in examinee counts.

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