Formula to Remember
(Scaled Essay Score) x .60 + (Scaled MBE Score) x .40 = Total Scaled Score
To pass the Virginia Bar Exam you need a total scaled score of at least 140.
The formula noted above explains that your scaled essay score makes up 60% of the exam and your scaled MBE score makes up 40% your total scaled score.
It’s worth mentioning that unlike many other jurisdictions, you do not need a minimum MBE score to pass. You just need to obtain a total scaled score of at least 140.
Make sure you keep track of your time!
Each essay is worth a total of ten (10) points. That’s right – hard or easy – each essay is worth ten points. Even the short answer section of the exam is worth ten points as a whole.
Therefore, the maximum raw essay score you can achieve is 100.
Calculating Your Scaled Essay Score
Don’t waste your precious time trying to figure this out.
There is a formula used by the Board that converts your raw essay score into a scaled essay score.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much insight on that formula or how the raw essay score is converted into a scaled essay score. Once it is converted, the Board multiplies the scaled essay score by 60%. The result is used towards calculating the 140 scaled score.
The NCBE provides your scaled MBE score to the Board. The Board then multiples the scaled MBE score by 40%. The result is used towards calculating the 140 scaled score.