I got my bar exam ticket and info today. My understanding of the scoring of the Texas Bar Exam is as follows:
1. They grade our MBE's, subtracting or adding a few points to everyone's score based on previous years.
2. They assign us grades for the Texas Essays, MPT, and P&E by rank ordering the raw scores for each test, and then converting a given raw score to the raw score of the same rank from the MBE scores.
So, if your raw score on the Texas Essays is in the 20th percentile, you get whatever the 20th percentile score is on the MBE. Which means, the better everybody does on the MBE, the less it matters what happens on the rest of the exam. This has to be at least partially responsible for the great pass rate here; the greater number of people taking the test who think that all you have to do is rock the MBE, the more all you have to do is rock the MBE.
And more specifically: If we could guarantee that everyone in the state got at least a 135 out of 200 on the MBE, then we could all write nothing but "Screw the Board of Law Examiners" on the other three sections of the test, and still pass.
Who's with me?