Statistics

July 2021 MBE

July 2021 MBE Mean Score: 140.4

Line graph of July MBE national mean scaled scores, 2017-2020. 2017 = 141.7; 2018 = 139.5; 2019 = 141.1; 2020 = 146.1 (July), 142.7 (Sept.), 137.2 (Oct.); 2021 = 140.4. The chart includes the following note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the July 2020 MBE was administered on three separate dates: July 29, September 10, and October 1. The results shown are for in-person examinees only; approximately 29,000 additional examinees sat for a remotely administered exam using NCBE materials in October 2020. Comparability to other years' results may be limited due to the lower examine count.

 


45,872
July 2021 MBE Examinees

Bar graph of July MBE national examinee counts, 2017-2021. 2017 = 46,627; 2018 = 45,274; 2019 = 45,334; 2020 = 5,678 (July), 1,811 (Sept.), 417 (Oct.); 2021 = 45,872.

August 2021 MPRE

August 2021 MPRE MEAN SCORE: 96.0
(SCORE SCALE 50-150)

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 2017-2020 the mean score was 94.1, 95.5, 97.0, and 98.8. The chart includes the following note: Comparability of results may be limited due to fluctuations in examinee counts.

18,615 August 2021 MPRE EXAMINEES

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 2017-2020 there were 20,798; 20,580; 22,165; and 16,607 examinees.

 

 

Annual Bar Examination and Admission Statistics

NCBE collects statistics from all U.S. jurisdictions on the February and July administrations of the bar examination and on annual admissions. These statistics, along with national score distributions, examinee counts, and mean scaled scores for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), and scores earned and transferred by jurisdiction for the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), are published annually in the Spring issue of the Bar Examiner.

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