How many questions do you need to get right to pass the MPRE? Unfortunately, hard and fast data is not released to MPRE takers so it is impossible to tell you an exact number of questions you need to answer correctly to pass the MPRE. However, the information that we give you below is available is very revealing.
How Many Questions Do You Need to
Get Right to Pass the MPRE?
According to an article written in 2011 by Susan M. Case, Ph.D., a former director of the National Conference of Bar Examiners:
- 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 50% correct)
Note that the exact numbers change each administration — so sometimes the raw number of questions that must be answered correctly will increase or decrease depending on the difficulty of the test. However, overall, the numbers will not change much.
It seems quite odd to us that a 56-60% percentage correct – two questions – can make the difference a 75 and an 85 or between passing and failing. This means that you have to fight hard for those ten points (or two questions!) that can determine your MPRE fate.
Note that many law schools and bar review courses say that a score of approximately 32 correctly-answered questions will lead to a score of approximately 85.
Our general recommendation is that if you are scoring between 30 and 35 on most practice exams, you are in the passing range. If you find yourself not quite meeting that score range or consistently on the lower end of that spectrum – and especially if your jurisdiction requires a higher passing score — it may be worth it to dedicate some extra time to studying to ensure you pass the MPRE.
How Many Questions do you Need to Get
Right to Pass the MPRE in your jurisdiction?
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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If you are looking for free resources, you are in luck! For more MPRE tips and tricks, we highly recommend that you review all of our MPRE posts by clicking here. Some popular ones are:
- MPRE Free questions! Here is a list of free sources for MPRE questions. Even if you are taking an MPRE course, it does not hurt to try a variety of questions (including released MPRE questions!)
- MPRE Tip: Become familiar with Key Words and Phrases on the MPRE: This post gives you an overview of how you can avoid making mistakes by paying careful attention to the call of the question.
- Five Last-Minute tips to Pass the MPRE: These are some last-minute tips and tricks that help students pass the MPRE. They are good things to keep in mind on the exam day!
- How to Pass the MPRE the First Time you Take It: If you are in law school wondering how to conquer this thing the first time you take it, read our advice here.
- I Failed the MPRE. What Should I Do?; SO MANY PEOPLE fail the MPRE once, twice, three times…! If you failed the MPRE, you are not alone! We recommend you read this post so you can conquer the next exam!
Ms. Ashley Heidemann graduated as the number 1 law student out of over 200 students in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University. She, along with a team of tutors, tutors for the MPRE, tutors law students and tutors for the bar exam. She also offers a Law School Preparatory Course for students interested in learning the skills necessary to achieve a high GPA in law school.