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FAQs – February 2022 UNIFORM BAR EXAM -In person Administration

The following frequently asked questions provide critical information, supplementing the information and instructions that petitioners for admission will receive by e-mail from the Board of Bar Examiners and ExamSoft regarding the February 2022 Massachusetts administration of the Uniform Bar Exam. Petitioners for admission are expected to monitor e-mail regularly for time-sensitive notifications, required actions, and instructions from the Board of Bar Examiners and ExamSoft.

Examinees are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and ethical behavior during all exam sessions, and throughout the bar admissions process.

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Before the Exam

Are additional registration steps for the February 2022 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) required, beyond my Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar?

Yes.  Examinees will receive an email in January 2022 containing information regarding registering for both the Massachusetts Bar Applicant Portal (Portal), and ExamSoft for laptop examinees.  

ExamSoft- Examinees will receive an email from ExamSoft when the registration opens.   There is a fee to register for the ExamSoft software to be paid to ExamSoft .

Bar Applicant Portal- Examinees will have the ability to upload documents, complete the Massachusetts Law Component and communicate with the Board.  In addition, the following will be required through the Portal:

  • Code of Conduct must be read and confirmation of review uploaded.
  • Examinee Guidelines must be read and confirmation uploaded. 
  • The Massachusetts Law Component is a requirement for admission to the Massachusetts bar. It is recommended examinees complete after the bar exam but no later than March 30, 2022.

If you have previously registered and created an account for the Bar Applicant Portal, there is no need to register again.  You may use your login credentials to access information regarding the February 2022 bar exam.

When is the exam?

The standard administration of the February 2022 UBE will be held:

Tuesday, February 22

Multistate Performance Test (MPT1 and MPT 2)

9:30AM-12:30PM

 

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE 1-6)

2:00-5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 23

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

 
 

MBE 1-100

9:30AM-12:30PM

 

MBE 101-200

2:00-5:00PM

All times are Eastern Time.  Written Exam answer files must be uploaded at the end of the exam session.

Examinees pre-approved for accommodated testing conditions will be notified by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners of their respective testing schedules.

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What is the minimum passing score for Massachusetts admission?

The minimum passing score for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) for Massachusetts is 270.

What content will be tested for the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam is comprised of 200 MBE multiple-choice questions, six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, and two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items. A complete description of the subject matter tested on each segment of the Uniform Bar Exam (MBE, MEE, MPT) is available at www.ncbex.org/exams/.  See exam day schedule above.

What is the format for the exam?

The Massachusetts February 2022 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) will use  the Examplify platform from software vendor, ExamSoft for the MPT an MEE portion of the exam for those using laptops.

The UBE will provide examinees with a portable exam score, transferable to other UBE jurisdictions where the score achieved meets the standard for the receiving jurisdiction.  Information about the benefits of a UBE score may be found at www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/.   

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT), will be administered on Tuesday morning.  Exam answer files must be uploaded immediately after the exam session.

The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) will be administered Tuesday afternoon..   Exam answer files must be uploaded immediately after the exam session.

The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) will be administered  on Wednesday. 21.  Each session will include 100 multiple-choice questions

Is the Massachusetts Law Component (MLC) part of the bar exam?

No.  The MLC is a separate exam and an additional requirement for bar admission, which February 2022 examinees must complete by March 30, 2022 and July 2021 examinees must be complete by October 1, 2021 in order to avoid a delay in admission to the bar.  Petitioners will receive additional details about this requirement from the Board of Bar Examiners and through the Massachusetts Bar Applicant Portal.

What technology will I need to use my laptop?

Examinees may opt to use a laptop or other computer   Examinees must ensure in advance that their technology is fully functional, and meets or exceeds ExamSoft’s system requirements for the exam.  The Board of Bar Examiners requires examinees to use laptops or other computers that meet or exceed ExamSoft’s recommended system requirements

Important note- Examinees using computers that do not meet Minimum Systems Requirements (MSR) do so at their own risk.  Technical difficulties resulting from failure to meet MSR are the sole responsibility of the examinee.  Such issues may result in the examinee handwriting the remainder of the exam session.

Tip:  Be sure to update your device operating system before registering with ExamSoft.

Prior versions of Examplify that may be on your device (from law school or a prior bar exam) must be uninstalled prior to registering your device with ExamSoft for the February  2022 exam.  Failure to do so will increase  the risk of technical difficulties and/or functionality issues during the bar exam.  Examinees are solely responsible for issues caused during the bar exam due to an examinees’ failure to use a device that meets or exceeds minimum system requirements.  Technical issues encountered during the exam sessions will result in the examinee  handwriting the remainder of the exam session.

Internet access will be provided at the beginning and at the end of each exam session.

General information about Examplify for bar exams may be found here

Note: the "Feedback" requested at the end of an exam session is not for reporting technical support issues.  This is a product feedback only.

Can an external keyboard or mouse be used?

Yes, if absolutely necessary, and if configured for use during the mock exams.

Can I practice using the software beforehand?

Yes.  In advance of the February 2022 Remote Bar Exam, examinees will be required to fully complete a minimum of two mock exams with the Examplify software, to familiarize themselves with the testing features and functionality of the application, to verify adequate computer memory and storage space, and to observe how they appear on camera.  Instructions will be provided by ExamSoft. 

Examinees who do not successfully complete, at a minimum, the two required mock exams by February 14, 2021 may be required to handwrite the February 2022 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Exam.

Can I withdraw my Petition for Admission by Examination?

Yes.  You may withdraw your Petition for Admission by submitting a Motion to Withdraw from the Examination to the Supreme Judicial Court referencing your existing Petition.  Please be advised, you will be required to submit a new Petition for Admission if you choose to file in the future.  

Are additional registration steps for the February 2022 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) required, beyond my Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar?

Yes.  Examinees will receive an email in January 2022 containing information regarding registering for both the Massachusetts Bar Applicant Portal (Portal), and ExamSoft.  

ExamSoft- Examinees will receive an email from ExamSoft when the registration opens.   The fee to register for ExamSoft software will be paid directly to ExamSoft when registeringwill paid directly to ExamSoft when registering.

Bar Applicant Portal- Examinees will have the ability to upload documents, complete the Massachusetts Law Component and communicate with the Board.  In addition, the following will be required through the Portal:

  • Code of Conduct must be read and confirmation of review uploaded.
  • Examinee Guidelines must be read and confirmation uploaded. 
  • The Massachusetts Law Component is a requirement for admission to the Massachusetts bar. It is recommended examinees complete after the bar exam but no later than September 30, 2021.

If you have previously registered and created an account for the Bar Applicant Portal, there is no need to register again.  You may use your login credentials to access information regarding the February 2022 bar exam.

When is the exam?

The standard administration of the July 2021 Remote UBE will be held:

Tuesday, February 22

Multistate Performance Test (MPT1 and MPT 2)

9:30AM-12:30PM

 

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE 1-6)

2:00-5:   PM

Wednesday, February 23

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

 

 

MBE 1-100

9:30AM-12:30PM

 

MBE 101-200

2:00-5:00PM

All times are Eastern Time.  Laptop users exam answer files must be uploaded at the end  of the each exam session Tuesday.

Examinees pre-approved for accommodated testing conditions will be notified by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners of their respective testing schedules.

What is the minimum passing score for Massachusetts admission?

The minimum passing score for the Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts is 270.

Is the Massachusetts Law Component (MLC) part of the bar exam?

No.  The MLC is a separate exam and an additional requirement for bar admission, which February examinees must complete by April 9, 2021 and July 2021 examinees must be complete by October 1, 2021 in order to avoid a delay in admission to the bar.  Petitioners will receive additional details about this requirement from the Board of Bar Examiners and through the Massachusetts Bar Applicant Portal.

Exam Administration Questions

What testing conditions are required?

Examinees are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and ethical behavior during all exam sessions, including mock exams.

Where can I have my phone?

Examinees may have a phone in a Yondr pouch at their seat all day.

May I use earplugs?

The Board of Bar Examiners will provide foam earplugs at the exam site.

Must I wear a mask?

Yes -The Board of Bar Examiners follows the mask mandate set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will require a mask at the exam site in February 2022.

May I wear a head covering?

Examinees are not permitted to wear a head covering during an exam session except for religious or medical reasons, in which case the head covering may not have a brim or otherwise obscure the examinee’s eyes, face, or ears.

May I eat or have medication during the exam?

Applicants must submit a health related condition form to have food, medication (prescription and over-the-counter), and required medical devices in the testing area during the exam.

May I use scratch paper during the exam?

Scratch paper will be provided for Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).    Any scratch paper used during the MPT or MEE  will be removed from the testing area prior to other exam sessions.

Scratch paper and pencils or pens are not permitted during the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). 

Will technical support be available?

Yes.  ExamSoft will have technical assistance available on site before and after each exam session. 

Additional Resources for Exam Takers

Additional Resources for Exam Administration Questions

Post Examination Questions

When will I know my results?

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners anticipates releasing the results of the July 2021 Remote Bar Exam in late October to all examinees by e-mail.  The e-mail will include information about next steps, a breakdown of the scores and the total score.  The names of passing examinees will be posted on the website of the Board of Bar Examiners as required by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01.

When do I need to complete the Massachusetts Law Component (MLC) exam?

The MLC is a separate exam and an additional requirement for bar admission, which February 2021 examinees must be complete by October 1, 2021 in order to avoid a delay in bar admission.  Petitioners will receive additional details about this requirement from the Board of Bar Examiners and through the Massachusetts Bar Applicant Portal.

When will the formal admission ceremonies take place?

Examinees who are successful on the July 2021 Remote Bar Exam and complete all other admissions requirements, will be contacted by the Supreme Judicial Court regarding formal admission ceremonies.

When can I uninstall the Examplify software?

Examinees should keep the Examplify software version used for the July 2021 bar exam on their computers until they receive exam results.

How can I transfer a UBE score?

The transfer of the Uniform Bar Exam score in support of admission applications in other UBE jurisdictions is handled by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  See www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/ube-score-services/ for more information.

Can I obtain copies of my essay answers?

If a passing score on the July 2021 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Exam is not achieved, an examinee may request a copy of her/his Multistate Essay Exam and Multistate Performance Test responses via the instructions to be provided in the email with bar exam results.

Will future Massachusetts bar examinations be administered remotely?

The remote administration of the October 2020, February 2021 and July 2021 Massachusetts exams were in response to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Bar Examiners will continue to monitor plans for future bar exam administrations to determine to safest and most effective and efficient Uniform Bar Exam administration moving forward.

October 2020 Examinees

Which jurisdictions are reciprocal for the October 2020 Massachusetts remote bar exam? 

The following jurisdictions will accept scores earned in Massachusetts for the October 2020 remote bar exam:

  • Connecticut
  • Kentucky
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington, DC

Contact the jurisdiction for information on the application process.

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