No do-over on bar exam
Updated 5:08 p.m.
The board met Wednesday morning in Raleigh, two days ahead of its previously scheduled meeting, to decide how to handle a power outage at the Tuesday afternoon session of the July bar exam.
“I know if I had taken the exam I’d want to know as soon as possible, that’s why we accelerated the process,” said board chairman James Van Camp.
The decision: Graders will scale all 12 essay questions and the MBE as they have in previous years. Each test will get two scores. One score will count all 12 questions. The other score will count just the Tuesday morning questions. If either score is a passing score, the applicant passes.
Van Camp said the board consulted the National Board of Law Examiners and one another before Wednesday morning’s meeting. About a dozen options were on the table. The national board’s recommendation was similar to the two-score proposal the local members were leaning toward, so they approved that option.
“We’re going to take their answers and work it two ways. That gives everyone the advantage,” Van Camp said. “To those people who had a bad afternoon, we’ll not consider those answers.”
He said applicants will be told whether they passed or failed, but not which methodology the graders relied on, he said.
In the wake of the disrupted testing session and uncertainty about the scores, many applicants complained that administrators provided conflicting information during the test. Van Camp said the incident has prompted the board to devise a protocol to follow in the event of future calamities. And they may consider a new venue. He said rules of the North Carolina Supreme Court require that the test be given in Wake County or an adjoining county, but the board could offer the test in multiple venues sites within the county.
The board’s announcement is at http://ncble.org/
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Published: August 1, 2012
Time posted: 2:58 pm
Tags: Bar Exam