This is why it’s impossible to articulate the bar exam to the uninitiated:
A very pregnant Nightingale Dawson, 29, had finished the morning portion of the multiple-choice test Wednesday and had started on the three-hour afternoon part when she went into labor. She had contractions about every 20 to 30 minutes, then about every 15 minutes, she said, and at one point a proctor asked if she was OK.
She finished the test, she birthed the baby, she went on to her clerkship. Nothing, not anything, will stop a bar candidate from finishing that test.
Via the Chicago Tribune.
Howard B. Miller, 85th President of the California Committee of Bar Examiners
Number of test takers: 8,562 (6,084 first-timers; 2,478 repeaters)
Number of passers: 4,690 (54.8% of all test takers)
Percentage of first-time takers who passed: 68%
Percentage of repeaters who passed: 22%
Mean scaled MBE score in California: 1,453
Mean scaled MBE score nationwide: 1,436
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Here’s a little chart to make things easier to read. The number of test takers is in blue. The passing percentage is in green.
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A few things to note:
In the last decade, the percentage of people taking the summer bar exam has increased by 12% and continues to go up.
Judging by the peaks and troughs of the summer passing numbers, with more people passing in the last 3 years the Bar Examiners are apt to make the test even harder.
Note: the reason the winter passage rate is so low is likely because there are repeat test takers from the summer who still haven’t cracked the test.
??Bar Results from the Cal Bar website.