You need to practice questions and take practice tests and realize a 90% raw is nearly impossible but for a handful of test takers.Here is info from California that shows the raw score to scaled score conversion for one administration:http://www.calbar.ca.gov/calbar/pdfs/admissions/Unsuccessful_info.pdfA 165 SCALED score usually required only about 80% correct raw, and that already puts you at the 95th percentile of all test takers. Those few people who got a 180 scaled probably only got about 85% correct. So to answer your question, 75 to 80% correct for a top test taker is a more realistic goal, with 90% being possible but not really a target you need to do very, very well.By the way, even with the MBE being only 40%, its still worth putting in a TONS of effort and I wouldn't suggest its much of a difference whether the MBE is 40 or 50 percent of the scaled score. Assume once again a 135 passing average needed and you get a 162 on the MBE. Then you'd need a 117 on the essays. Thats still a really low threshold to get. I made an error before. A 108 for Connecticut isnt the bottom 17 percent, its the bottom 17 TESTTAKERS.And only another 10 got a score between 108 and 117.The main point remains the same: MBE, MBE, MBE. It will be a lot harder to make up ground on the essays, but the MBE scale rises faster than the raw score total. So each question makes a difference, and a bigger difference at the higher end.
So if about 70% of takers pass the exam, and it requires about 70% right to pass, and 80% right puts you in the top 5%, then 65% of takers score between 70% and 80% of the questions correct. It just seems like a small margin for everyone to be grouped in. But I guess its about the same with the LSAT.
Quote from: florida357 on May 25, 2008, 07:11:04 PMSo if about 70% of takers pass the exam, and it requires about 70% right to pass, and 80% right puts you in the top 5%, then 65% of takers score between 70% and 80% of the questions correct. It just seems like a small margin for everyone to be grouped in. But I guess its about the same with the LSAT.Actually, a passing score for most states is an MBE equivalent of 135. Which is usually no more than 120 rap. So it requires about 60% correct to pass.
Most bar exam courses set a target at the point where , if you hit it, you will comfortably pass.And since, like the LSAT, the raw score translates to different scaled scores, the best way of handling it is to overestimate what you need as a raw score to guarantee a certain mimimum scaled score.What state are you taking? The key is to know what your state's cut score is to get the best sense of whether you are on target. http://www.abanet.org/legaled/publications/compguide2006/chart7.pdf