NCBE Releases National Mean for August 2022 MPRE

MADISON, WISCONSIN, September 20, 2022—The national mean scaled score for the August 2022 MPRE was 96.0. This mean reflects the performance of 18,210 examinees, 405 fewer than the August 2021 examinee count of 18,615. The August 2021 mean was also 96.0.

The MPRE is a two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination administered three times per year at Pearson VUE testing centers. It is required for admission to the bars of most US jurisdictions. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure candidates’ knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. Passing scores are set by individual jurisdictions and range from 75.0 to 86.0.

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A chart showing MPRE mean scores 2018-2022. In March 2018-2022 the mean score was 94.7, 93.8, 95.8, 99.0, and 95.6. In August 2018-2022 the mean score was 93.0, 93.4, 98.6, 96.0, and 96.0. In October/November 2018-2021 the mean score was 95.5, 97.0, 98.8,A chart showing the number of MPRE examinees 2018-2022. In March 2018-2022 there were 20,346; 19,138; 17,000; 18,078; and 19,206 examinees. In August 2018-2022 there were 16,651; 17,066; 12,688; 18,615; and 18,210 examinees. In October/November 2018-2021