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MPRE

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is administered by the Law School Admission Council on behalf of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is a 60-question, two-hour, multiple-choice examination administered three times per year at established test centers across the country. There are 50 scored questions and 10 nonscored pretest questions. Since the pretest questions are indistinguishable from those that are scored, it is important that examinees answer all questions in the examination.

The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the examinee's knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer's professional conduct; the MPRE is not a test to determine an individual's personal ethical values. Lawyers serve in many capacities: for example, as judges, advocates, counselors, and in other roles. The law governing the conduct of lawyers in these roles is applied in disciplinary and bar admission procedures, and by courts in dealing with issues of appearance, representation, privilege, disqualification, and contempt or other censure, and in lawsuits seeking to establish liability for malpractice and other civil or criminal wrongs committed by a lawyer while acting in a professional capacity.

Jurisdiction Information

The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions (Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico). A list of jurisdictions currently using the MPRE is available by clicking on Which jurisdictions require the MPRE? Passing scores are established by each jurisdiction. Since the MPRE requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another, examinees are advised to check with the board of bar examiners in each jurisdiction where admission is being sought before registering for the MPRE. Contact information for jurisdictions can be found in the Bar Admission Offices Directory on the home page.

MPRE Test Dates and Registration Deadlines


Test Date

Regular Registration Deadline ($73 fee)

Late Registration Deadline ($146 fee)

April 2014

Dates TBD

 

August 2014

Dates TBD

 

November 2014

Dates TBD

 

An applicant whose religious beliefs preclude him or her from taking the examination on a Saturday may apply to take the MPRE on the following Monday. Applicants requesting to take the exam on Monday must provide a letter on official stationery from the applicant's cleric confirming the applicant's affiliation with a recognized religious entity that observes its Sabbath throughout the year on Saturday. This letter must be received by the late registration deadline or the applicant will not be allowed to test.


Additional information for the Bar Exam.

All examinees must report to the test center by 8:30 a.m. The examination is two hours in length. Instructions for the testing session will begin as soon as examinees have been checked in and seated. The timed portion of the exam will begin immediately following the instructions. Late arrivals will not be admitted.  Beginning and ending testing times may vary depending on the size of the test center and the number of rooms used. Examinees can expect testing to be completed in 2½ to 3½ hours from the reporting time.

Registration Deadlines

Online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the late registration deadline. Telephone registrations must be completed by 4:45 p.m. eastern time on the late registration deadline. Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after the late registration deadline. Applicants must have an NCBE Number in order to register for the MPRE. Applicants can request an NCBE Number online at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number.

Fee

  • $73.00 – before the regular receipt deadline
  • $146.00 – after regular receipt deadline but before the late receipt deadline

Additional information for MPRE Registration Fees.

Photo Identification

Each examinee must have a valid government-issued ID that is current (or has expired within 90 days of the test date), contains a recent and recognizable photo, and contains the examinee’s first and last name and date of birth.  The first and last name on the examinee’s ID must match exactly the first and last name on his or her MPRE Admission Ticket or the examinee will be denied admission.  Ensure that all of the biographical data is consistent. 

Acceptable common forms of ID include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • Passport book
  • Passport card
  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • U.S. Military ID card (Common Access Card of CAC)
  • U.S. Permanent Resident  car (green card)
  • National ID card
  • Consular ID card

Unacceptable forms of ID include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • Social Security card
  • Social Insurance card
  • Birth certificate
  • Credit card (including one with photo)
  • ID expired for more than 90 days
  • Photocopied ID
  • Employee ID (including government employees)
  • Student ID

Additional information for Photo ID see MPRE Information Booklet.

Registration

Applicants should review the MPRE Information Booklet before registering for the MPRE. There have been significant changes in the registration process from 2012.

Online Registration

Applicants can access the online MPRE registration only through their NCBE Number accounts at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number. Applicants who already have an NCBE Number may log in to their accounts and proceed to the online MPRE registration. Applicants who have not previously requested an NCBE Number must first create an NCBE Number account before they can access the link to register online for the MPRE.

An applicant who registers online for the MPRE will receive e-mail confirmation when his or her MPRE registration is processed.

Telephone Registration

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use online registration. Applicants who apply by telephone may not be able to access their Admission Tickets or their score reports online. Before registering by telephone, applicants should create an NCBE Number account at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number. Paper application forms are not available.

For questions regarding MPRE registration or to register by telephone, please call (215) 504-3886.  Additional information for MPRE Registration.

What To Bring To Testing Facility

Each examinee may bring a sealed clear plastic bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liters), into the test center. It must be stored under the examinee’s chair and may be accessed only with permission by and in the presence of a proctor. The sealed bag may contain only the following items:

  • valid ID
  • wallet
  • keys
  • hygiene/medical products
  • no. 2 (soft lead) pencils
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpener (no mechanical pencils/erasers, highlighters, or pens)
  • tissues
  • unwrapped cough drops
  • car key fob (provided it does not feature a data port)

Items Prohibited at the Test Facility

Examinees are not allowed to bring any items not listed above into MPRE test centers. The following are exam­ples of prohibited items. Possession of prohibited items may result in confiscation of the items, dismissal of the examinee from the test center, and/or cancellation of the examinee’s scores.

  • cell phones, smart phones, text messaging devices, personal digital assistants, or other electronic communication devices
  • e-readers, iPads, tablet computers, handheld computers, laptops, or personal computers
  • cameras, scanners, audio or video recording devices, or picture-taking devices
  • iPods, radios, or other media players
  • listening devices
  • headphones or headsets
  • language translators
  • calculators
  • firearms or weapons
  • watches of any kind
  • alarms
  • electronic timers of any kind
  • written materials (including books and notes)
  • scratch paper or paper of any kind
  • rulers
  • mechanical pencils or mechanical erasers
  • pens
  • highlighters
  • briefcases, handbags, or backpacks of any kind
  • earplugs or earmuffs
  • hats and/or hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
  • food or beverages (unless pre-authorized for medical reasons)

NCBE has a strict no-tolerance policy regarding examinees in possession of electronic devices. Any examinee found in possession of a prohibited electronic device, regardless of whether or not it is turned on, will be immediately dis­missed from the test and the examinee’s score will be canceled.

MPRE Scores

The Scoring Process

The MPRE scaled score is a standard score. Standard scaled scores range from 50 (low) to 150 (high). The mean (average) scaled score was established at 100, based upon the performance of the examinees who took the MPRE in March 1999.

The conversion of raw scores to scaled scores involves a statistical process that adjusts for variations in the difficulty of different forms of the examination so that any particular scaled score will represent the same level of knowledge from test to test. For instance, if a test is more difficult than previous tests, then the scaled scores on that test will be adjusted upward to account for this difference. If a test is easier than previous tests, then the scaled scores on the test will be adjusted downward to account for this difference. The purpose of these adjustments is to help ensure that no examinee is unfairly penalized or rewarded for taking a more or less difficult form of the test.

Score Reports

Approximately five weeks after the examination, examinees will receive e-mails informing them that their MPRE scores have been posted to their NCBE Number accounts. Examinees may view their scores by logging in to their NCBE Number accounts at www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number. MPRE scores remain available in examinees’ NCBE Number accounts only until the next MPRE test date. An MPRE score report will also be sent to the jurisdiction, if any, designated by the examinee at the time of registration.

It is the responsibility of the examinee to contact NCBE at (608) 280-8550 or at mpre.score@ncbex.org if he or she encounters difficulties with online access or does not receive the score report within six weeks of the examination.

MPRE Score Services

NCBE provides the following MPRE score services for a fee of $25 per service requested: score reports to jurisdic­tions, score releases to examinees, and score verifications. All score services must be requested online through the examinee’s NCBE Number account.

NCBE will not accept or process requests for score services until after the examination is completed. Requests for score verifications must be submitted to NCBE within two months of the original test date.

Additional information about MPRE score services and instructions for requesting services can be found at www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/mpre-score-reporting-services/.

Cancellation of Scores by NCBE

NCBE reserves the right to cancel test scores when there is reason to believe that the scores are invalid. Cases of testing irregularities such as falsification of one’s identity, impersonation of another examinee (surrogate testing); unusual similarities in the answers of examinees, or other indicators that the test scores may not be valid may result in the cancellation of test scores. When NCBE decides to cancel test scores, examinees are notified before any action is taken (except in cases of testing disruptions or compromises discussed above). The notice includes information about the options available regarding the planned score cancellation, including procedures for appealing the cancel­lation decision. In any such appeal, the issue to be decided is whether NCBE acted reasonably and in good faith in deciding to cancel the score(s).

Additional Information about MPRE Score Services

Students with Disabilities

Requests for accommodations should be submitted by mail, fax, or email to

National Conference of Bar Examiners
MPRE Test Accommodations
302 South Bedford Street
Madison, WI 53703-3622
Fax: (608) 316-3119
E-mail: mpre.ada@ncbex.org

Additional information for Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities.

Testing Center Contact Information

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