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Encyclopedia > Performance test (bar exam)

The performance test or "PT" is a section of the bar exam that is intended to mimic a real-life legal task that future lawyers may face. Of the three parts of most states' bar exams -- MBE, essay, and PT -- the PT is probably the most reflective of how well a candidate will perform outside of an academic setting. A bar examination is an series of tests conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given American examination usually consists of the following: complicated essay questions concerning that jurisdictions law; the Multistate Bar Examination, a standardized, nationwide examination containing generalized... The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple-choice examination covering contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

A performance test may include tasks such as writing a legal memorandum, drafting an affidavit, or drafting a settlement offer letter to opposing counsel. A memorandum or memo is a written form of communication most often employed in business environments. ... An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact, signed by the declarant (who is called the affiant), and witnessed (as to the veracity of the affiants signature) by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public. ... In law there are two main meanings of the word settlement. ... Look up counsel in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Performance testing as part of a technical specification is covered on a different page. In software engineering, performance testing is testing that is performed to determine how fast some aspect of a system performs under a particular workload. ...

California PT

Probably the most difficult PT is that of the California bar exam. The three-day California bar exam, which has the lowest pass rate in the country, includes two performance test sections, one the first day and one the last day. Each PT last three hours.

Multistate Performance Test

This is a test drafted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), modeled after the California test and intended as a supplement to NCBE's Multistate Essay Examination. NCBE currently offers three different performance tests, each 90 minutes long (as opposed to 3 hours in California). As of July 2007, 33 jurisdictions use the MPT. The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a written examination administered as a part of the bar examination in 33 jurisdictions[1] of the United States. ... The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is US based non-profit organization that develops the Multistate Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, as well as many other stardardized tests for lawyers. ... The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is a collection of essay questions administered as a part of the bar examination in 19 jurisdictions[1] of the United States. ...


  • California Bar Exam
  • National Conference of Bar Examiners Tests (click on link for Multistate Performance Test for more information)



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