Paul L. Caron

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nevada Lowers Bar Exam Cut Score From 140 to 138, Pass Rate Increases By 23%

UNLV Logo (2016)Following up on my previous post, Oregon Lowers Bar Exam Cut Score From 142 to 137, Pass Rate Increases By 36%:  Las Vegas Review-Journal, UNLV Law School Sees Big Jump in Bar Exam Passage:

The verdict for Nevada’s most recent bar exam is in, and it’s a positive outcome for UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. Boyd students who sat for the test for the first time in July passed at a rate of 81 percent, 15 percentage points higher than in July 2016. ...

Nevada’s bar exam, which is administered twice a year, is notorious for being one of the nation’s toughest. But this year, the state Supreme Court made several decisions to make the test more user-friendly.

In June, the court lowered the “cut score,” the figure required to pass the multistate bar exam — a six-hour, 200-question, multiple-choice portion of the overall test — from 140 to 138. Test takers were also given access to a more detailed subject-matter outline on the test’s contents.

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Lower the cut score to 100 and the pass rate will soar. Wonder if they'll do the same with cut scores for tests in the medical profession, the aerospace industry, . . . .

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Oct 19, 2017 5:17:02 AM