<Information for Oct 2020 Remote Bar Examinees

July 2021 Exam Administration Information - Posted January 4, 2021

Format

The method of administration of the July 2021 bar examination has not yet been determined. The Board may administer the exam remotely rather than in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a remote administration, the Board uses a “record and review” approach to monitor the examination. Examinees take the closed-book exam on their own computer from a location of their choice. The computer must have a working camera and microphone and meet system requirements to run ExamSoft’s Examplify software with Exam ID and Exam Monitor, which will record the candidate taking the exam. Candidates will need some internet connectivity at the start and end of each session to retrieve a password and to upload their exam answers and the audio/video files. ExamSoft will run the recorded session through an artificial-intelligence program to identify any irregularities, which will then go to human proctors and ultimately Board staff to review.

Candidates interested in taking the July 2021 exam may learn more about a remote exam administration by reviewing the material posted on the Board’s website for the February 2021 remote bar exam. Be mindful that this material is subject to change; information specific to the July 2021 exam will be posted at a later date.

Dates

The Board will administer the exam the week of July 26, 2021. An in-person administration would be on July 27 and 28. A remote exam would be July 26, 27 and 28.

Content

Regardless of the format of the administration, the Board anticipates offering the standard exam, which includes six essay questions, a performance test and 200 MBE questions.

Registration/Deadline to Apply

The Board has postponed opening the registration for the exam. It will open on or before March 15, 2021. The timely filing deadline will be April 15, 2021.

Seeking Accommodations

Candidates seeking testing accommodations (“NTA”) under the Americans with Disabilities Act should not wait to discover the format of the exam before beginning the process of gathering documentation to support an accommodations request. Rather, those seeking accommodations should review the NTA Request Form and Instruction Packet for the July 2021 exam and begin gathering their supporting documentation. Candidates will be able to upload their NTA Request Form and Documentation after exam registration opens and they complete an application to sit for the exam.

Candidates seeking NTA should also reflect upon what their request would be if the exam format were remote and discuss this with and gather documentation from their medical professionals for such an occurrence. In cases in which an applicant is seeking additional time to take the exam, the schedule for a remote administration would be different, but the request itself and the documentation to support it would be the same as it would be for an in-person administration. However, unsupervised, off-the-clock breaks are not available when an applicant is taking the exam remotely. Such a request only would apply to an in-person administration. The modification for a remote administration is usually a request for a break-time schedule in which each question is administered in its own session and a break occurs between each question session (break-time schedule: each session is 45 minutes long except for the performance test that includes a five-minute break and a 15 minute break is in between each session). In rare cases, a candidate might request an in-person administration as an accommodation for a remote administration (e.g. adaptive software). Board staff will make decisions about accommodations after the format has been announced.

Applicable only for Pennsylvania Admission

This exam qualifies applicants for admission only in Pennsylvania and only applicants seeking admission in Pennsylvania may sit for the exam. Applicants may not take portions of the exam. Additionally, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”) will not permit examinees to take the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) in more than one jurisdiction in same administration period.