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The Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT consists of two 90-minute skills questions covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication.


The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. The NCBE offers two 90-minute MPT items.

Applicants should contact the jurisdiction where admission is being sought to ascertain dates of administration and whether one or more MPTs are part of the jurisdiction’s examination.  A regularly updated list of contact information for the jurisdictions appears on the Bar Admission Offices page.

The MPT is but one of a number of measures that a board of bar examiners may use in determining competence to practice. Each jurisdiction determines its own policy with regard to the relative weight given to the MPT and other scores. Grading of the MPT is the exclusive responsibility of the jurisdiction administering the exam. Any questions about scoring procedures should be directed to the appropriate jurisdiction, not to NCBE.

*MPT Study Aids and Information Guides

Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements
MPT Information Book
MPT Study Guides
2007 Comp Guide General guide to questions concerning bar admissions within each jurisdiction. Includes directory of State Bar Admission Agencies.
MPT Information Booklet Provides the applicant with a general description of the MPT, an outline of the skills tested, and summaries of previously administered tests.
MPT Point Sheets describe factual and legal points encompassed within the lawyering task to be completed by applicants for each of the tests and outline possible issues and points that might be addressed by an examinee.


*Additional study aids may be available for purchase at the NCBE Online Store


Description of the MPT
Jurisdictions Using the MPT
Skills Tested by the MPT
Why NCBE Developed the MPT

MPT Summaries

1997 MPT Summary
1998 MPT Summary
1999 MPT Summary
2000 MPT Summary
2001 MPT Summary
2002 MPT Summary
2003 MPT Summary
2004 MPT Summary
2005 MPT Summary
2006 MPT Summary

MPT Test Dates

February 27, 2007

July 24, 2007



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