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Supplemental Remarks
California Theexamisweighted50%MBEand50%written(bothessayandperformancetestscores).
Florida The state component of the Florida General Bar Examination contains both locally developed essay and multiple-choice questions. Equal weight is given to all subparts of the state component of the General Bar Examination. The result of the state component is weighted equally with the MBE in determining whether an applicant passes the General Bar Examination.
Hawaii The MBE is weighted 50%. The individual remaining items, which consist of 6 MEE questions, 2 MPT tasks, and a locally developed Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination consisting of 15 multiple-choice questions, are all equally weighted for a cumulative total of 50%.
Kentucky The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of equally weighted performance on the MEE and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the examination, an applicant must achieve a score of 132 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75 or greater on the written component. Effective January 1, 2019, Kentucky will require a minimum passing scaled score of 135 on the MBE and will continue to require a general average of 75 on the essay portion of the examination. Also effective January 1, 2019, applicants must pass the essay and MBE portions of the examination in one sitting. Kentucky’s minimum passing score for the MPRE is 80 for applicants taking the exam after July 1, 2017; for scores earned before that date, the previous minimum passing score of 75 will continue to be honored.
Louisiana Each of 9 subject-matter tests which comprise the examination may include short answer and/or multiple-choice items.
Maryland The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of the MPT and 10 locally developed essay questions. On November 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals of Maryland announced that it had accepted the recommendation of its Advisory Committee that Maryland adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The Maryland State Board of Law Examiners has begun work on making the transition but expects to maintain the current format and subject matter of the Maryland General Bar Examination until at least July 2019, at which time Maryland will begin administering the MEE, the 10 Maryland essay questions will be eliminated, and the combined score weights will be 50% MBE, 30% MEE, and 20% MPT. Further information on Maryland’s transition to the UBE will be posted on the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners’ website as it becomes available.
Massachusetts The chart shows the combined score weights for July 2018, at which time Massachusetts will administer the UBE. For the February 2018 exam, the combined score weights were as follows: MBE 50%, local essay 50%.
Michigan Michigan uses a unique method of scoring the examination that places the essay and MBE scores on a common scale. Information about Michigan’s scoring formula is available on the Board of Law Examiners’ website.
Nevada In order to pass, applicants must also earn a scaled score of 75 or higher on at least 3 written essay questions.
North Carolina The chart shows the combined score weights for the February and July 2018 administrations. North Carolina will begin administering the UBE with the February 2019 administration, at which time it will begin administering the MEE and the MPT; the 12 locally developed essay questions will be eliminated; the combined score weights will be 50% MBE, 30% MEE, and 20% MPT; and the total passing score will be 270 (135 on 200-point scale).
Pennsylvania The 6 answers to the essay examination and the performance test (valued at 1.5 times an essay question) are graded, totaled, and scaled to the MBE. The combined essay and performance test scores are weighted at 55%, and the MBE score is weighted at 45% of the total scaled score. The scaled scores of the performance test/essay examination and MBE are then combined to determine whether a scaled score of 272 or higher has been attained.
Rhode Island The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of performance on 1 MPT, 3 locally developed essay questions, and 6 MEE questions. To pass the examination applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 1 (admission on examination) must achieve a combined total score of 276 or greater. Applicants seeking admission under Article II, Rule 2(a) (attorney admission on examination) do not take the MBE and must score 138 or greater on the written component of the examination.
South Dakota The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of 1 locally developed essay question, 5 MEEs, and 2 MPTs. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the examination, an applicant must achieve a score of 135 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75% on the written component.
Tennessee The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of the MPT and 9 local essay questions. The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has  led a petition with the Supreme Court of Tennessee to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination effective with the February 2019 administration. The Court has issued an order soliciting written comments with a deadline of January 31, 2018. If the Court adopts the UBE, Tennessee will begin administering the MEE effective with the February 2019 administration, the 9 local essay questions will be eliminated, and the combined score weights will be 50% MBE, 30% MEE, and 20% MPT. The minimum MPRE passing score of 82 is effective
for examination applicants with the July 2018 examination, replacing a score of 75. Re-examination applicants not licensed in another jurisdiction may continue to use a score of 75 until they are successful on the bar exam or the MPRE score expires, whichever is earlier. For examination applicants licensed in another jurisdiction and with an otherwise expired score, the minimum MPRE score effective with the July 2018 examination will be 82, regardless of whether they are  rst-time or re-examination applicants. Applicants successful on an examination prior to July 2018
and not yet admitted will be eligible for admission with an MPRE score of 75 or higher as long as they are admitted prior to expiration of their bar examination scores.
Texas The total score includes performance on a locally developed short-answer component that is weighted 10% and assesses Texas and/or federal rules related to Procedure and Evidence.
Wisconsin The written component of the examination may include performance on the MPT, the MEE, and/or locally developed essay questions. The composition and weight of these written subcomponents may vary by administration.
Northern Mariana Islands The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of the MPT, the MEE, and locally developed essay questions.
Palau The exam includes the MBE and a written component that includes the MEE, the MPT, and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard for each component. To pass the exam, an applicant must achieve a score of 120 or higher on the MBE and a score of 65 or higher on each individual component.
Puerto Rico The combined passing score is 596 points out of 1,000. Exam dates are in March and September.
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