Intro to the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is one of the three components of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). The MPT consists of two 90-minute assessments.
- problem solving,
- legal analysis and reasoning,
- factual analysis,
- organization and management of a legal task, and
- recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.
Taking the MPT
The materials for each MPT include a file and a library. The file consists of the facts of a fictitious case and will also include legal documents related to the case. The file will also contain a memorandum outlining your task. The library will contain statutes, cases, and other forms of rules. The file and library will include both relevant and irrelevant information; it’s up to you to figure out what you’ll need to complete your task. You’ll also be expected to recognize when facts are inconsistent or missing, as well as identify sources of additional facts.
MPT States and Jurisdictions
The MPT is administered in every jurisdiction that has adopted the UBE. Many non-UBE jurisdictions also use the MPT. A total of 45 United States jurisdictions administered the MPT in 2017. Those jurisdictions are:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Virgin Islands
Preparing for the MPT
Unlike other components of the UBE, the MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Thus, there is no material you’ll need to memorize for the MPT. It’s all about practice. Many examinees overlook the MPT in favor of studying for the black-letter law sections of the bar exam. Don’t fall into this trap—you’ll need to be highly efficient with your time to succeed on the MPT.
MPT Practice Questions
The NCBE provides several previous MPT questions and answers to help you study for the MPT. And if you’re in a UBE jurisdiction and are looking for more ways to prepare for the MPT, be sure to check out Quimbee Bar Review.
Quimbee’s Bar Review Course
Quimbee Bar Review offers everything you need to succeed on the MPT, including 22 practice MPTs modeled after the NCBE’s official test. You'll also have the opportunity to have some of your practice MPTs graded by real lawyers. With Quimbee Bar Review, you’ll never have to worry about whether you’re studying the right material for the right amount of time. Quimbee Bar Review will give you a daily study schedule, so you can focus solely on learning.
Each jurisdiction grades the MPT and determines its own policy in regard to the weight given to the MPT. In UBE jurisdictions, the MPT counts for 20 percent of an examinee’s total score.
MPT Test Dates
The MPT is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday of the bar exam.
The upcoming MPT dates are:
- February 22, 2022
- July 26, 2022