How Long Is The Uniform Bar Exam?
How Long Is The Uniform Bar Exam?: 33 jurisdictions administer or plan to administer the Uniform Bar Exam in the near future. With so many takers now eligible to take the exam in their home jurisdictions, many wonder about the length of the exam. So, in this post, we answer the question: how long is the Uniform Bar Exam?
How Long Is The Uniform Bar Exam?
The Uniform Bar Exam is made up of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). These three sections are spread out over two days. On the first day (Tuesday), the MEE and MPT are administered. And on the second day (Wednesday), the MBE is administered. The timing breakdown is:
Day One – Tuesday: 6 hours of testing
1. The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) takes 3 hours and is composed of 6 essays. These essays can touch on any facet of 14 areas of law. The MEE is in the afternoon of the first day of the bar exam. If you allocate 30 minutes to each essay question, you will finish the MEE on time. Read more about the MEE here.
2. The Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is 3 hours long. During the MPT, students complete two tasks, like drafting a persuasive brief or objective memorandum, based on information provided in the file and library. The MPT is in the morning of the first of the Uniform Bar Exam. Each MPT task should take you about 90 minutes for you to finish both MPT tasks on time. Read more about the MPT here.
Day Two – Wednesday: 6 hours of testing
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) takes six hours. The MBE is 200 multiple choice questions, spread over a morning and afternoon session. Each session is 3 hours and made up of 100 questions. The MBE is the entire second day of the Uniform Bar Exam. Read more about the MBE here.
So, how long is the Uniform Bar Exam?
The Uniform Bar Exam is 12 hours long in total, spread over two days of testing. Each day has 6 hours of testing, 3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon.
Keep in mind…
Your state may not administer the Uniform Bar Exam, so this post may differ from their guidelines. In addition, some UBE jurisdictions also administer a state-specific component. However, these jurisdictions generally require completion of these components before or after the portions discussed above.
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