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.