MBE Score Services

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a 200-question multiple-choice exam testing substantive areas of law administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination.

NCBE reports examinees' MBE scores to the jurisdiction in which the examinee tested. NCBE does not report scores to examinees or other jurisdictions unless authorized by the testing jurisdiction.

Use MBE Score Services as Authorized by Your Testing Jurisdiction to 

  • transfer your MBE score to another jurisdiction, including concurrent score transfers (MBE Score Transfer).
  • learn your score on the MBE after the testing jurisdiction has released examination results (MBE Score Release).
  • if your testing jurisdiction doesn't release scores to examinees, learn if your MBE score is sufficient for admission solely on the basis of an MBE score in the three jurisdictions that have this method of admission: District of Columbia, Minnesota, and North Dakota (MBE Score Advisory).

General Instructions

Not all jurisdictions authorize NCBE to perform score services, and the specific services that are authorized vary. In other words, where you took the MBE determines what services NCBE is authorized to provide. In some cases, jurisdictions perform the score service themselves or the service isn't available from NCBE or the jurisdiction. See the specific score services sections below for lists of which jurisdictions authorize NCBE to perform those score services. Since rules and policies of jurisdictions change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information. 

A request for MBE score services must be submitted electronically through the examinee's NCBE Account.

NCBE is not authorized to transfer or release any MBE score information until after the testing jurisdiction has announced its examination results and authorized release of the examinee's score.

Maximum Age of MBE Scores 

Each jurisdiction sets its own maximum age policy; however, NCBE performs score services only for MBE scores that are seven years old or less. If your score is older than seven years, check with your testing jurisdiction to determine if your score is available from the jurisdiction; if your score is not available from your testing jurisdiction, check with the jurisdiction to which you are seeking admission for instructions about how to proceed.

Score Services Fees

The fee ($25 for each score service transaction) may be paid online by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Payment by check must be mailed to NCBE with a printout of the confirmation page at the end of the MBE Score Services Request Form and may significantly delay the processing of your request. No score services will be performed until credit card information is processed or until a check is received with a printout of the confirmation page. Refunds will not be provided for any reason. It is your responsibility to read these instructions carefully before requesting any score services and to verify that you have provided the correct information in your request.

Transfer My Score to a Jurisdiction

MBE Score Transfer

If you would like to have your MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction, request an MBE Score Transfer. Follow these steps before requesting an MBE Score Transfer:

Step 1: Determine if the jurisdiction to which you are seeking admission accepts transferred MBE scores. Additionally, check with the jurisdiction about any conditions it imposes. If the jurisdiction accepts transferred MBE scores, proceed to Step 2. 

Step 2: Determine if the jurisdiction where you took the MBE (the testing jurisdiction) authorizes NCBE to transfer its MBE scores. If it does, proceed to Step 3. If it does not, then contact the testing jurisdiction to have your score transferred. 

Step 3: Log in to your NCBE Account or create an NCBE Account if you do not have one and go to the Score Services section to complete and submit an MBE Score Transfer Request. In making the request, you will be asked to enter the jurisdiction where you most recently took the MBE and the exam date (month and year). You also will be asked to enter the jurisdiction(s) to which you want your MBE score transferred.

MBE Score Transfers are sent directly to jurisdictions, and the scores are not provided to examinees. (You must request an MBE Score Release to obtain your MBE score; however, this service is not available for all jurisdictions.)

Fee

A $25 fee is required for each MBE Score Transfer. 

Time Frame

Ordinarily, MBE Score Transfers are processed the next business day after receipt of payment, but not until after the testing jurisdiction has announced its examination results and authorized release of your score.

Obtain a Copy of My Score

MBE Score Release

If you would like to learn your score on the MBE, request an MBE Score Release. First, determine if your testing jurisdiction authorizes NCBE to release MBE scores to examinees

NOTE: Some jurisdictions directly notify examinees of their scores, and an MBE Score Release might be duplicative of score information already provided to the examinee by the testing jurisdiction. If you are unsure of what score information is provided to you in the jurisdiction in which you tested, check with the jurisdiction before requesting an MBE Score Release from NCBE.

Log in to your NCBE Account or create an NCBE Account if you do not have one and go to the Score Services section to complete and submit an MBE Score Release Request. In making the request, you will be asked to enter the jurisdiction where you most recently took the MBE and the exam date (month and year) and given the option to request a copy of your MBE score. If that option does not appear, it is because your testing jurisdiction does not authorize NCBE to release MBE scores to examinees. 

MBE Score Releases are posted to the examinee's NCBE Account File Cabinet.

Fee

A $25 fee is required for an MBE Score Release.

Time Frame

Ordinarily, MBE Score Releases are processed the next business day after receipt of payment, but not until after the testing jurisdiction has announced its examination results and authorized release of your score.

Learn If My Score Is Sufficient for Admission Solely on the Basis of an MBE Score in the Three Jurisdictions That Have This Method of Admission (DC, MN, ND)

MBE Score Advisory

If you tested in a jurisdiction that doesn't release MBE scores to examinees and would like to learn if your score is sufficient for admission solely on the basis of an MBE score in the three jurisdictions that have this method of admission (District of Columbia, Minnesota, and North Dakota), request an MBE Score Advisory. First, determine if your testing jurisdiction authorizes NCBE to perform score advisories.

An MBE Score Advisory will not state the examinee's scaled MBE score but will advise if the examinee's score meets or exceeds the scores required by the District of Columbia (133 score required), Minnesota (145 score required), and North Dakota (150 score required) to qualify for admission solely on the basis of an MBE score. 

Log in to your NCBE Account or create an NCBE Account if you do not have one and go to the Score Services section to complete and submit an MBE Score Advisory Request. In making the request, you will be asked to enter the jurisdiction where you most recently took the MBE and the exam date (month and year) and given the option to request an MBE Score Advisory. This option is only available if your testing jurisdiction does not release scores and does not authorize NCBE to do so.

MBE Score Advisories are posted to the examinee's NCBE Account File Cabinet.

Fee

A $25 fee is required for an MBE Score Advisory. 

Time Frame

Ordinarily, MBE Score Advisories are processed the next business day after receipt of payment, but not until after the testing jurisdiction has announced its examination results and authorized release of your score.

Bar Admission Guide

Information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions, including a directory of state bar admission agencies

Copyright Notice

The MBE is owned by NCBE and is a secure exam protected by U.S. copyright laws. NCBE strictly prohibits copying, reproducing, or disclosing any MBE questions or answers, whether via electronic, telephonic, written, oral, or other means, to any party or to any public forum during or after the exam. NCBE will use every legal means available to protect its copyrighted materials. Any unauthorized disclosure of MBE content could result in civil liability, criminal penalties, cancellation of test scores, denial of applications to sit for future exams, denial of bar applications on character and fitness grounds, and/or disciplinary action by bar authorities.