Each essay question has 10 possible points for a total of 150 possible points on the essay portion of the exam. There are 200 possible points on the Multistate (MBE) portion of the exam. A combined score of 135 or above is necessary to pass the exam using the following formula:
Combined score = [equated essay score + MBE score] / 2
where the equated essay score is the score resulting from the linking of the raw essay score to the MBE scale using linear equating adjusted for the relative difficulty of the two portions of the bar exam as measured by the difference in the mean scores on the MBE scale for each portion of the exam averaged over six exam administrations.