There is a total of 700 possible raw points for the written portion of the California bar exam (100 points for each essay and 200 points for the performance test). The second highest essay score is assigned the same value as the second highest MBE score, and so on. Both groups are supervised. The State Bar of California has explained, “in order to earn a 40, the applicant must at least identify the subject of the question and attempt to apply the law to the facts of the question. Examination Questions; Essay Questions and Selected Answers; Study Aids Form; California Bar Examination. For the California bar exam, a “passing score” for an essay or PT is a raw score of 62.5 or more.
These critiques can be applied to either essays or performance tests. So we do want to target at least a raw score of 65, but let me make something clear: It doesn’t mean you “pass” an essay. For best results, complete 1 essay, then apply the critique to your next essay. BarMax graders have years of experience grading for the bar. Students receive two complimentary writing critiques with purchase of a full course. Examination Questions Once received by CBT, your essays will be graded by former bar graders and California licensed attorneys that have been subjected to the same rigorous training that bar graders receive. Your essays will be scored on the same scale that the bar uses so that you will know what score you would have received had you taken that essay during an actual bar exam! California Bar Examination.
Re: CA bar exam essay grading myth... Post by JoeSeperac » Tue May 22, 2018 1:49 am Essay scores are unreliable and there is simply no realistic way to perfectly rank-order the essays (especially when the grader is only spending a few minutes on each essay). Examination Questions; Essay Questions and Selected Answers; Performance Tests and Selected Answers; Study Aids Form; First-Year Law Students' Examination. This total raw score is “scaled” to equate the total possible points on the written portion with the total possible points on the MBE portion (2000 total points possible, as discussed above). On the bar examination, this conversion (or "scaling") essentially involves assigning the highest total written score that was earned by any applicant in a state the same value as the highest MBE score that was earned by any applicant in that state. You can only pass the exam in its entirety.
You can’t “pass” any portion of the California bar. The graders assign a raw score to each essay on a scale from 40 – 100. For the California bar exam, documentation explicitly says that “the quality of handwriting or accuracy of spelling and grammar are not considered in assigning a grade.” But limiting the errors will give your answer a polish that will help the grader give you the best possible score.