NCBE COVID-19 FAQs

Last updated January, 2022, 4:57 pm (CST)

February 2022 Bar Exam Questions

How will the February 2022 bar exam be administered?

We anticipate that most of the jurisdictions that administer the bar exam using one or more of the Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Essay Examination, and the Multistate Performance Test will be administering the bar exam in person on February 22 and 23. Examinees are encouraged watch for email and website announcements from the jurisdiction in which they plan to test, including announcements about specific COVID-19 protocols in place for the exam. For a list of jurisdiction announcements about the February bar exam, visit February 2022 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information.

 

March 2022 MPRE Questions

Can I take the MPRE at an international Pearson VUE testing center if I am unable to travel to the US for the March 2022 exam?

NCBE will offer a limited number of international site testing opportunities to take the MPRE in March 2022 for candidates who are unable to travel to the United States. These will be offered at authorized international and other Pearson VUE Professional Centers between March 28 and April 1, 2022. The request form will open on January 11, 2022. This program has limited seating availability, and decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. For the best chance of approval, we recommend that candidates submit their requests by January 17, 2022. Due to high demand and limited seating, the application for international testing will close at 9:00 a.m. central time on Friday, January 21, 2022. Candidates who submit an application by this time should receive email notification of whether they have been approved by 4:00 p.m. central time on January 21. Candidates whose applications are approved should plan to complete registration by the registration deadline of 11:59 p.m. central time on January 21. Reminder: seating is very limited and approval does not guarantee a seat. At this time, NCBE does not plan to offer international testing for MPRE test dates after March 2022. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and related travel restrictions.

Will I be required to wear a face mask or follow other health precautions for the March 2022 MPRE?

Effective December 1, 2021, face masks are required at all Pearson VUE testing centers in the United States and US territories, regardless of vaccination status, per the requirements set forth in Executive Order 14042 and in compliance with CDC guidelines for areas with high or substantial community spread. Candidates who do not comply may forfeit their ability to take current and future exams. No refunds will be issued to candidates who do not comply with this requirement. Additionally, candidates will be asked to acknowledge that they meet the Pearson VUE health requirements and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing. Please continue to check Pearson VUE’s website for the most up-to-date information.

What health and safety precautions will be taken at Pearson VUE testing centers for the March 2022 MPRE?

Pearson VUE is following CDC and WHO recommendations and enforcing local requirements for staff and candidates at its test centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect candidates. For information about the specific precautions being undertaken by the testing center at which you have a test appointment, contact the testing center directly (contact information can be found in your Appointment Confirmation email). Pearson VUE is posting related updates to its website.

What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment less than 48 hours before my exam date?

For emergency cancellations within 48 hours prior to your exam date, contact Pearson VUE customer support at 888-205-1855 and specify that you are requesting an “emergency test appointment cancellation.”

What should I do if my appointment was canceled by Pearson VUE?

If your test appointment was changed by Pearson VUE due to updated social distancing requirements or other issues, such as a power outage at the testing center, you may be able to cancel or reschedule your appointment online at https://home.pearsonvue.com/mpre. If you are unable to cancel or reschedule online, you will need to contact Pearson VUE customer support at 888-205-1855 and MPRE Registration at mpreregistration@ncbex.org for assistance.

NCBE and COVID-19 Questions

What is the relationship between NCBE and the jurisdictions?

Jurisdictions determine licensure requirements and handle registration for and administration of the bar exam. NCBE is a nonprofit that creates the tests used by most of the jurisdictions for their bar exam.

Have any NCBE services been disrupted?

At this time, all NCBE services, including character and fitness services, NCBE Accounts, MPRE registration, MPRE test accommodations, and Score Services, are functioning normally.

How can I contact NCBE?

To contact NCBE directly, visit our Contact Us page. We continue to add FAQs to this page to address the questions we have received so far; please check this page and NCBE COVID-19 Updates for further updates.

What is NCBE doing to prepare for additional disruptions due to COVID-19?

NCBE has implemented business continuity procedures to help ensure that we can keep providing the services that candidates and jurisdictions rely upon. Should the situation change drastically, we will make all efforts to continue to provide core services. 

We encourage you to follow CDCWHO, and local health official guidelines on safety precautions and restrictions.