Test Day Policies
In August 2019, NCBE, in partnership with Pearson VUE, will begin to transition the MPRE from a paper-based to a computer-based delivery platform. There will be no changes to the question format, content, or scoring of the MPRE.
For the August 2019 and November 2019 administrations, a limited number of examinees will be selected at random during the registration process to take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center; all other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
The reporting time is usually 8:30 a.m., but examinees are advised to check the specific reporting time listed on their Admission Ticket. All examinees must report to the test center by the reporting time indicated on their Admission Ticket. Late arrivals will not be admitted. The actual starting time of the test may vary at different test centers depending on the size of the center and the number of examinees. The examination is two hours in length. Examinees can expect testing to be completed in 2½ to 3½ hours from the reporting time.
Examinees must follow MPRE policies and procedures and all test supervisor instructions at all times.
- Admission and Identification
- What to Bring and What Not to Bring
- Certifying Statement
- Notice to Examinees: Prohibited Behaviors
- Disruptions in Testing and Potential Compromises
- Test Center Review and Complaints
Government-Issued Photo ID
Each examinee must present a valid government-issued ID that is current and contains a recent recognizable photo and the examinee’s first and last name and date of birth. The following are NOT acceptable forms of ID for admission to the test center: Social Security card, Social Insurance card, birth certificate, credit card (including those with photo), ID expired for more than 90 days, photocopied ID, employee ID (including government employees), or student ID.
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. Any changes to biographic information (name, date of birth, Social Security number) must be made by the examinee in his or her NCBE Account and MUST be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the test. Examinees must print the updated Admission Ticket provided in their MPRE registration account after making name changes. Any questions about admission and identification should be directed to LSAC at 215-504-3886 or at MPREinfo@LSAC.org.
A passport-type photograph is required of all examinees. The photograph must be no larger than 2x2 inches and no smaller than 1x1 inch. It must have been taken within the last six months and must show only your face and shoulders. The photograph must be clear enough so that there is no doubt about your identity. Digital photographs printed on photo paper will be accepted.
Attach the passport-type photograph to the designated box on your MPRE Admission Ticket using glue or tape. Do not use staples. Print (in block letters) your name, test date, NCBE Number, and test center code on the back of the photograph before you attach it to your MPRE Admission Ticket in case it should become detached from your ticket.
All Admission Tickets and attached photographs will be collected on the day of the exam and will not be returned to examinees.
If you do not present both a valid government-issued ID AND the required passport-type photograph, you will be denied admission to the testing room and will forfeit your test registration fee.
Each examinee may bring a sealed clear plastic bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liters). 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; car key fob (without a data port); hygiene products; non-mechanical pencils, eraser, and pencil sharpener; tissues; unwrapped cough drops or hard candy; medication; and glucose tablets or gel.
In addition, medical aids that are necessary to ambulate (cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, service animal, prosthetic limb, cast, brace, or sling), are necessary to communicate (hearing aid, voice amplifier), or are required for medical or health reasons (heart monitor, Epinephrine auto-injector, insulin pump, glucose monitor, blood sugar testing kit, small inhaler, TENS unit) are allowed but may be inspected by test center supervisors.
Examinees are not allowed to bring any items to MPRE test centers other than those items specifically allowed (see above). The following are examples of prohibited items:
- Any electronic device, including but not limited to
- cell or mobile phones
- digital watches or timers
- fitness trackers
- media players
- language translators
- picture-taking devices
- firearms or other weapons
- written materials (including books and notes)
- scratch paper or paper of any kind
- mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers, pens, or highlighters
- briefcases, handbags, or backpacks of any kind
- non-electronic watches or timers of any kind
- earplugs or earmuffs of any kind
- hats and/or hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
- food or beverages (unless pre-authorized for medical reasons)
Test center staff will not hold or store items for examinees. NCBE, LSAC, and test center staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Electronic Devices No-Tolerance Policy
NCBE has a strict no-tolerance policy regarding examinees in possession of electronic devices. Any examinee in possession of a prohibited electronic device, regardless of whether or not it is turned on, will be dismissed and the examinee’s score will be canceled.
Examinees are required to sign a certifying statement on their MPRE answer sheets on test day. Failure to sign the certifying statement at the time of the examination will result in withholding of the examinee’s score. Proctors will assist examinees who are unable to sign the statement because of a disability.
NCBE holds the copyright to the MPRE and to its content, and exam content may be considered for reuse in future exams or in copyrighted educational materials. Both disclosure of exam content and cheating on a test are prohibited, as such practices undermine the integrity and fairness of the examination process.
The following conduct is prohibited and may result in immediate dismissal from the test center and/or cancellation of the examinee’s score:
- bringing unauthorized electronic devices (whether turned on or off) or other prohibited items to the test center
- taking test materials out of the testing room
- causing a disruption or disturbance
- copying answers from another examinee or sharing answers with another examinee
- continuing to work after a supervisor has instructed examinees to stop writing
Examinees may not retain any test materials. All test materials must be returned intact to the test supervisor after testing. The following conduct is prohibited at all times, including after the examination:
- sharing the substance or details of any test question, including the question’s fact pattern, option choices, or answer, in whole or in part, with anyone via electronic (including email, blogs, and online social and professional networking sites), telephonic, written, oral, or other means
- reproducing, paraphrasing, summarizing, or describing to any other person any test content from memory
- forwarding, re-posting, hosting, or otherwise advancing, on the Internet or via other means, the distribution of exam content that others have disclosed
Unauthorized disclosure of exam content or engaging in prohibited conduct before, during, or after the examination could result in some or all of the following penalties:
- civil liability
- criminal penalties
- cancellation of the examinee’s test scores
- denial of the examinee’s application to sit for future exams
- denial of the examinee’s bar application on character and fitness grounds
- disciplinary action by a bar authority if the examinee is already admitted to practice law
NCBE and LSAC take steps to ensure standardized administration on the test day. If events occur that cause testing to be canceled or interrupted, involve a mistiming of the test, result in a deviation from required testing procedures, raise concerns about possible advance access to an exam’s content by one or more examinees, and/or otherwise disrupt or compromise the normal testing process or the validity of test scores, NCBE will examine the situation and determine if corrective action is warranted, including score cancellation(s) or nonscoring of answer sheets. If NCBE, in its sole discretion, determines that action is warranted, the affected examinees will be offered the option either to retest at no additional fee or to receive a refund of their examination fees (unless the affected examinees are found to have caused or been involved in the conduct which resulted in the corrective action, in which event NCBE shall have the right to withhold either or both of these options). If NCBE offers a retest and an examinee selects that option, the examinee must retake the entire exam in order to produce a valid score.
Cancelation 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 cancelation 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 cancelation, including procedures for appealing the cancelation 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).
NCBE and LSAC take steps to ensure that MPRE registration materials are properly handled and processed, and that exams and answer sheets are properly prepared, printed, handled, and scored. In the unlikely event that a mistake occurs in preparing, handling, processing, scoring, or reporting scores, NCBE will correct the error, if possible, or permit the affected examinee(s) either to retest at no additional fee or to receive a refund of the examination fee(s). These remedies are the exclusive remedies available to examinees for errors in preparing, handling, or processing registration materials; in printing, handling, or processing exams and exam answer sheets; and/or in determining or reporting scores.
After the examination, examinees will be sent an optional Test Center Review survey by email. The responses provided are used to monitor and improve testing conditions and procedures for future administrations of the MPRE. Responses to the Test Center Review do not affect the test score.
Written complaints about testing conditions or procedures must be received at LSAC within six calendar days of the test date. (Note: Test Center Review responses will not be considered written complaints for this purpose.) Please submit complaints directly to LSAC and not to NCBE. Complaints may be detailed in an email to centercomplaint@LSAC.org, a fax to 215-968-1277, or a letter to
Law School Admission Council
Attention: Test Center Complaint
662 Penn Street
P.O. Box 8515
Newtown, PA 18940-9506