As of 2017, 45 jurisdictions administer the MPT! Three jurisdictions will soon also be using the multistate performance test as a component of their exam (Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Kentucky) making the MPT a component of the vast majority of state bar exams.
Note that some jurisdictions, such as California, administer a performance test, but it is not technically called an “MPT” or “multistate performance test” because the state invents its own performance test, rather than using one invented by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Will more states administer the MPT?
With more states adopting the Uniform Bar Exam or considering a performance test as a component of its exam, we expect that eventually, every state will administer the MPT portion or something like it.
How much is the MPT portion worth?
In Uniform Bar Exam states, it is worth 20% of an examinee’s score. In most non-Uniform Bar Exam states, it is worth about 10% of an examinee’s score.
What is the MPT?
The MPT is different than most other bar exam components as it is a “closed universe” test. That is, you are not expected to know any law going into the MPT. Rather, the law is given to you in a “library” and facts are given to you in a “file.” You will then be told to complete a lawyerly task, such as drafting a memo, brief, or letter. For more information on what the MPT is, please see this post.
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- MPT private tutoring for those seeking one-on-one help to pass the MPT.
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- Real MPT questions! We offer all NCBE-released questions from 2000 to present compiled in one book.
- An MPT seminar for those seeking help on how to tackle the MPT.
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