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Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice exam developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) that is administered three times per year. It is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions. (Maryland will begin requiring the MPRE effective March 1, 2019. Wisconsin and Puerto Rico currently do not require the MPRE.) (In addition, Connecticut and New Jersey accept successful completion of a law school course on professional responsibility in lieu of a passing score on the MPRE.) Because MPRE requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another, examinees are advised to check with the bar admission authority in the jurisdiction to which they seek admission before registering for the MPRE. Passing scores are established by each jurisdiction. 

Beginning in August 2019, NCBE, in partnership with Pearson VUE, will transition the MPRE from a paper-based to a computer-based delivery platform. There will be no changes to the question format, content, or scoring of the MPRE. For the August 2019 and November 2019 administrations, a limited number of examinees will be selected at random during the registration process to take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center; all other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

The transition will take place according to the following schedule:

  • March 2019: All MPRE examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by LSAC.
  • August 2019: Up to 5,000 MPRE examinees will take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center. All other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by LSAC.
  • November 2019: Up to 5,000 MPRE examinees will take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center. All other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by LSAC. (Examinees who are selected to take the computer-based exam in August and subsequently register for the November 2019 MPRE will be assigned to take the computer-based exam in November.)
  • March 2020 and beyond: All MPRE examinees will take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Accommodations

NCBE is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to examinees with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Test accommodations must be requested through NCBE. For more information or to submit a request, visit MPRE Test Accommodations.

Registration Information

Registration for 2019 MPRE dates will open on December 10, 2018. To register for the MPRE, log in to your NCBE Account. If you don’t have an NCBE Account, you must create one before beginning the MPRE registration process. You can use the NCBE Account Lookup tool to determine whether you already have an NCBE Account.

You will be notified during the registration process about whether you have been selected to take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center. If you are selected to take the computer-based exam, the MPRE Test Administration Policies for Pearson VUE Testing will be available in your NCBE Account.

MPRE Dates, Deadlines, and Fees for Computer-Based Testing

Test Date Regular Deadline to Schedule and Pay at Pearson VUE
Fee: $125
Late Deadline to Schedule and Pay at Pearson VUE
Fee: $220
Saturday, August 10, 2019 June 13, 2019 June 20, 2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019 September 19, 2019 September 26, 2019

Computer-Based Testing Demo and Tutorial

You can view a demo to familiarize yourself with the look, feel, and navigation of a Pearson VUE computer-based test. Please note that this demo includes information about a wide variety of test formats offered by Pearson VUE. However, the MPRE is in a single multiple-choice format: each question is followed by four possible answers. The other question types in the demonstration are not applicable to the MPRE. An interactive tutorial providing more detailed information about the experience of taking the MPRE via computer-based testing will be available on this page in early 2019.

What to Expect When Testing with Pearson VUE

You can view photos to familiarize yourself with what to expect when taking an exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Last updated 2018-12-06