NCBE COVID-19 FAQs
Last updated December 1, 2020, 2:54 pm (CDT)
February 2021 Bar Exam Questions
How can I find out if the jurisdiction in which I am registered to take the bar exam is administering a remote exam or an in-person exam in February?
Candidates should continue to check with the jurisdiction in which they plan to test for the most current information. Regularly updated information is also available on our February 2021 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information page.
Can I choose whether to take the February bar exam in person or remotely?
Each jurisdiction will choose the delivery method it will use to administer the February exam.
What resources are available to help me prepare for the February bar exam?
Free and low-cost study aids are available on BarNow, NCBE’s eLearning platform, to help you prepare for the MBE, MEE, and MPT.
What resources are available to help me prepare for a remote administration of the February bar exam?
For the remote exam, mandatory mock exams are part of the ExamSoft registration process. Candidates are encouraged to spend time using the mock exams to familiarize themselves with the experience of taking the exam remotely, including confirming that the computer they will use for the bar exam meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements. One mock exam reviews the functionality of the ExamSoft software; the other allows candidates to practice with actual exam questions, and includes 21 MBE items, 3 MEE items, and 1 MPT item. An answer key for the MBE items, analyses for the MEE items, and a point sheet for the MPT item are available on the NCBE website. More information for candidates is available on the ExamSoft website.
Computer Equipment and Other Requirements
What computer equipment will I need to take the remotely administered bar exam, and what other requirements will need to be met?
Information about the minimum system requirements necessary to use ExamSoft’s software, Examplify, is available on the ExamSoft website. Additional information about computer equipment and any other requirements will be provided to candidates by the jurisdiction and/or ExamSoft.
What if I don’t have the computer equipment or can’t meet other requirements for taking the remotely administered exam (e.g., private room in my own environment in which to test)?
Candidates with concerns about their ability to take a remotely administered test should contact their testing jurisdiction about what, if any, alternative arrangements can be provided by the jurisdiction.
What if there are technical problems during the remotely administered exam?
Your jurisdiction will provide detailed information about what to do should you need technical support. ExamSoft support will be available on test day should issues arise; visit the ExamSoft website for more information.
If a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction decides to offer a remote administration of the UBE, can I still earn a UBE score if I test in that jurisdiction?
To provide flexibility to jurisdictions and candidates as they continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCBE will consider the score from a remotely administered UBE to be a transferable UBE score, and will provide UBE score transfer services for both the in-person and the remote administrations of the February exam. Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for admission and policies for accepting UBE scores from other jurisdictions. Examinees are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction in which they plan to seek admission directly for the most accurate and current information about applying for admission on the basis of a UBE score earned in another jurisdiction.
March 2021 MPRE Questions
Will the March 2021 MPRE be administered as scheduled?
NCBE continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. At this time, the MPRE scheduled for March 29 and 30 at Pearson VUE testing centers is proceeding as scheduled. If there is any change in your testing center schedule, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE is posting related updates to its website. If you are unable to test on the March administration dates due to a religious conflict, please contact MPRE Registration at 608-316-3075.
Will I be required to wear a face mask or follow other health precautions for the March 2021 MPRE?
Candidates are currently required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while at any Pearson VUE-owned testing center. They are also asked to confirm that they meet listed health requirements and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing. You should continue to check Pearson VUE’s website for the most up-to-date information.
What health and safety precautions will be taken at Pearson VUE testing centers for the March 2021 MPRE?
Pearson VUE is following CDC and WHO recommendations and enforcing local requirements at its test centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect candidates. For information about the specific precautions being undertaken by the testing center at which you have a test appointment, contact the testing center directly (contact information can be found in your Appointment Confirmation email). Pearson VUE is posting related updates to its website.
What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment less than 48 hours before my exam date?
For emergency test appointment cancellations within 48 hours prior to your exam date, contact Pearson VUE customer support at 888-205-1855.
What should I do if my appointment was canceled by Pearson VUE?
If your test appointment was changed by Pearson VUE due to updated social distancing requirements or other issues, such as a power outage at the testing center, you may be able to cancel or reschedule your appointment online at https://home.pearsonvue.com/mpre. If you are unable to cancel or reschedule online, you will need to contact Pearson VUE customer support at 888-205-1855 for assistance.
NCBE and COVID-19 Questions
What is the relationship between NCBE and the jurisdictions?
Jurisdictions determine licensure requirements and handle registration for and administration of the bar exam. NCBE is a nonprofit that creates the tests used by most of the jurisdictions for their bar exam.
Have any NCBE services been disrupted?
At this time, all NCBE services, including character and fitness services, NCBE Accounts, MPRE registration, MPRE test accommodations, and Score Services, are functioning normally.
How can I contact NCBE?
Due to the high volume of inquiries, we are unable to respond to individual questions about COVID-19 and the bar exam. We continue to add FAQs to this page to address the questions we have received so far; please check this page and NCBE COVID-19 Updates for further updates.
What is NCBE doing to prepare for additional disruptions due to COVID-19?
NCBE has implemented business continuity procedures to help ensure that we can keep providing the services that candidates and jurisdictions rely upon. Should the situation change drastically, we will make all efforts to continue to provide core services.