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What score is needed to pass the MPRE? 

Here, we give you a brief overview of what score is needed to pass the MPRE. Keep in mind that there is no recently released data available, but we can gather approximate scores based on past data that has been published.

According to an article written in 2011 by Susan M. Case, Ph.D., a former director of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, these are the scores needed to pass the MPRE:

  • A score of 100 = 34 correct out of 50 (approximately 68% correct)
  • A score of 85 = 30 correct out of 50 (approximately 60% correct)
  • A score of 80 = 29 correct out of 50 (approximately 58% correct)
  • A score of 75 = 28 correct out of 50 (approximately 56% correct) 

So what this means is that if you need to get a 75 to pass the MPRE, you should aim for about a 56% correct. A 56% correct is 28 correct out of 50, or 34 correct out of 60. (If you want to take an MPRE exam under timed conditions, complete 60 questions in two hours and aim for a 34!)

If you need an 85, you should aim for 60% correct. A 60% correct is about 30 correct out of 50 or about 36 correct out of 60.

You might find it odd that two questions make the difference between a 75 and an 85 (or between passing and failing in some jurisdictions!).

Note that the raw number of questions that must be answered correctly in order to achieve a passing score is not set in stone and it will change depending on how difficult a given test is (but the numbers should not change drastically).

Many law schools and bar review courses say that a score of approximately 32 correctly-answered questions out of 50 will lead to a score of approximately 85.

The main takeaway is that if you are scoring between a 28 and a 32, you are in the passing range in most jurisdictions. It is always better to attempt to score higher rather than lower, of course, so that you do not leave anything up to chance on test day!

How Many Questions do you Need to Get
Right to Pass the MPRE in your state?

What is considered to be a passing score varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. To find out how many questions you need to answer correctly to pass the MPRE in your jurisdiction, please see this list of scores needed in each jurisdiction.  They range from a score of 75 to a score of 86.



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