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The Bar Exam

A Whopping Total of 8 Examinees Passed the 2020 Idaho Bar Exam

Friday, October 23, 2020

You read it right. Eight examinees. Although depending on how you look at it, it can be a good thing.

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Congratulations to Kendra Sue Ankrum, Katelin Elizabeth Bartles, Michael John Bowers, Skyler C. Johns, Zoie Jeane Laggis, Colin Matthew Nash, Casey Parsons, and Jack Nicholas Wagner on passing the 2020 remote bar exam in Idaho!


While congratulations are in order for the above-referenced names, these results are one of the earliest results available for many states that are administering the Uniform Bar Exam remotely.


Many examinees are patiently and anxiously awaiting their results, and the eruption of chatter over the Idaho bar results and its paltry results are exacerbating everyone.


To be fair, it’s been reported that only 28 people took the bar exam in Idaho, so it doesn’t seem so bad. Additionally, Idaho did not scale the exam, unlike virtually every other state taking the remote exam. 


According to our calculations, it would result in about a 69% minimum correct on the multiple-choice questions on the Uniform Bar Exam. That’s a pretty substantially difficult bar to reach, even if the questions were written adequately, which is good news for examinees waiting for their results.

Since virtually every other state is planning to scale their scores, this could bode well for examinees. In a scaling system, scores are tallied on a curve and scores are given out on a bell-curve distribution, so that a large number of people will end up in the median.


This is good for examinees in other states, since it was reported that the UBE questions on the 2020 remote bar exam were ambiguous, foreign, and extremely difficult.


If there was a higher score, it would mean that the median score would be set higher, and a smaller number of people would pass.


Of course, this is all assuming that Idaho’s reportedly 28 bar examinees is a representative sample of all UBE-administering states.


Although one can always hope.

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