California Bar Exam: Not Compromised

Hello Everyone,

I have received quite a few emails and facebook messages suggesting that I “prematurely revealed” what was tested on the bar exam thereby giving an unfair advantage to examinees with accommodations who are still taking the bar exam. (Click on the image below if you want to see a readable size). 🙂

No, really, I didn't compromise the bar exam :)
No, really, I didn’t compromise the bar exam. And, I would like to think that anyone who follows my blog would have the sense to know that I would never, ever do that 🙂

First of all, I would never do that. Second, the examiners would never allow a situation where this could even happen (because while I would never compromise the test, there are certainly others who might). So, the examiners, being pretty wise about maintaining the integrity of the exam, administer the exam in such a way that all who are taking it have completed the essays on Thursday (most examinees last day of testing).

Here is how it works for examinees who take the bar exam over six days (which, by the way, is no treat – six days is really tough):

Tuesday: Essays 1, 2 and 3 are administered

Wednesday: Performance Test A is administered

Thursday: Essays 4, 5 and 6 are administered

Friday: Performance Test B is administered

Saturday: MBEs 1-100 are administered

Sunday: MBEs 101-200 are administered

I discuss essays 1, 2 and 3 only after everyone has begun the essay portion. I do not discuss Performance Test A until the end of Wednesday’s testing . I discuss essays 4, 5 and 6 after everyone has begun the essay portion on Thursday . I do not discuss Performance Test B until after Friday. I never discuss the MBEs per the National Conference of Bar Examiners’s rules.

Okay, just wanted to clear that up.

Congratulations to all who have completed the bar exam! You should be proud of your accomplishment.

All the best,

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder (213) 529-0990
Bar None Review and The Bar Exam Cram Session (TM)


  1. Thanks for explaining how this works. I thought I had done the same thing the first time I took the bar exam and I’ve been bothered by that possibility ever since. It’s nice to know that I didn’t fubar it up for myself (and everyone else!)