Right. When you sit for the entire exam. Calling it a waiver of the MBE portion doesn't sound like they will take the transferred MBE score into account. If I'm wrong, then it's an extremely easy opportunity. But it just doesn't add up from what that previous link stated.
Honestly, I think the waiver wording on the official PDF was just sloppy writing. I think the MBE score is accepted as is. Previous WI bar exams required that students obtain an essay score of 128 in order to pass the WI bar. That requirement does not appear in the official 2014 PDF.
You mentioned Illinois. Here's their official wording about score transfers: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=1
MBE Score Transfer
The Illinois Board of Admission to the Bar will accept a scaled score of 140 or more that was earned by an applicant on a MBE administered in another jurisdiction within the 13 months immediately preceding the current Illinois bar exam. The applicant must have passed the entire bar exam in the jurisdiction in which the MBE score was earned.
Applicants opting to transfer a MBE score must take and pass the written portion of the Illinois bar exam in order to pass the exam. This means that the point of value of the transferred MBE score cannot be used to offset an inadequate performance on the written portion of the bar exam.
Any Illinois bar examination applicant, including any MBE transfer applicant, who fails the Illinois bar examination, will be required to take the exam in its entirety upon re-examination.
So I get what you're saying about a cut off. But it'd be super shitty for Wisconsin to have such a cut off and not say anything about it explicitly. As written, it's ambiguous at best.
Further, from Wisconsin Law/Barbri: https://media.law.wisc.edu/m/yzyzb/wi.pdf
Grading and Results
A combined scaled score of 258 is required to pass. The scaled score may be achieved through any combination of scores on either portion of the exam (e.g., 120 scaled essay score + 138 scaled MBE score = 258). Results are generally released five (5) weeks after the exam is given
And from the 2014 NCBEX guide: http://www.ncbex.org/assets/media_files ... pGuide.pdf
pages 26-27 wrote:Do you accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?
Wisconsin A scaled score of 135 or more if taken within 37 months of present exam and part of a successful exam
Plus the chart on page 30 states that the MBE & Essays are combined in Wisconsin, just like the official PDF stated.
This supplemental guideline does not state anything about a passing essay score for Wisconsin, but it does for other states.
Page 43 wrote:Kentucky The examination includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of equally weighted performance on the MEE and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the examination, an applicant must achieve a score of 132 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75 or greater on the written component.
So yeah, I think randoname only needs a 108 to pass, but they should contact the bar if they're unsure.