What is the Passing Score?
The New York bar exam score or scoring process involves converting a raw score into a scaled score. In order to pass the New York Bar Exam, which is the New York Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), a you must achieve a passing score of at least 266 on a 400 point scale. This makes the New York bar exam moderately difficult compared to other states. If you do not pass the exam, then you must take the entire New York bar exam over again in order to become admitted to practice law in New York.
Can I Appeal a New York Bar Exam Score?
No. You cannot appeal a final score.
How is the New York Bar Exam Scored?
The New York Board of Law Examiners grade the answers to the six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and the two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items pursuant to a pre-established defined formula. The initial grading provides a raw score on the written portion of the New York bar exam. The number of correct answers on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) multiple choice questions determines the raw score for the MBE.
Is the New York Bar Exam Curved or Scaled?
The New York bar exam is graded on a curve or scale. The New York bar examiners convert the two written section scores (of the MEE and the MPT) into scaled scores on the MBE scale, before weighing the MEE 30% and the MPT 20% (learn the New York bar exam format). These scaled scores are then combined with the scaled MBE score, which is weighted 50%, to calculate the total weighted scaled score.
Final Score Calculation
The New York bar examiners calculate the final score on the New York bar exam by combining the applicant’s total weighted scaled scores.
You cannot pass or fail based on the score of any single portion of the New York bar exam. Thus, a high score on one portion of the New York bar exam may offset a low score on another portion of the New York bar exam, but will not result in automatic passing (or automatic failure). Only your total, weighted, scaled score determines whether you pass or fail the New York bar exam.
Re-grading of New York Bar Exam’s Written Portion
If your initial total weighted scaled score falls between 262 through 265, then the graders will re-read and re-grade your answers to the written portion of the New York bar exam. Then your New York bar exam score will be recalculated to provide a final, non-appealable UBE score.