The Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. NCBE offers two 90-minute MPT items per administration. A jurisdiction may select one or both items to include as part of its bar examination. (Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination [UBE] use two MPTs as part of their bar examinations.)
A list of jurisdictions currently using the MPT is available on the MPT FAQs page. Applicants should contact the bar admissions agency in the jurisdiction to which they seek admission to ascertain whether the MPT is part of the jurisdiction's bar examination and, if so, whether one or two MPTs are administered. Contact information for jurisdictions can be found in the Bar Admission Offices Directory on the home page.
The MPT is only one of a number of measures that a board of bar examiners may use in determining competence to practice. Each jurisdiction determines its own policy with regard to the relative weight given to the MPT and other scores. (Jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination [UBE] weight the MPT component 20%.) Any questions about scoring procedures should be directed to the appropriate jurisdiction, not to NCBE.