(After reading some of these posts, I see some of my questions already have been addressed, but I'm still going to keep it posted. Forgive me for being repetitive, but while I see some of my issues have been addressed, I'd like a more clear-cut answer.)
This is my first post on this forum, and I have some general questions on how I did on the Florida Bar Exam for February 2017. I'll try to break them down as much as I can and hope I can get some straightforward answers, since most of what I am reading is confusing.
To give you a little background:
I first took the FL Bar exam in July 2016: my scaled score was 135.5 (Part A= 130, Part B= 141). I took Barbri and almost exclusively focused on MBE practice questions and focused very little on the FL section. Due to the fact I work a full-time and a part-time job (no more financial aide so I've gotta pay the bills) I was unable to devote the 8-10 a day for bar prep, so I had to squeeze in studying when I could and MBE practice questions are easy when I'm on the go, especially since I can do them on my Smartphone.
Needless to say, I did relatively decent on the MBE, but my essays were terrible and I was ok on the FL multiple choice. So this time I focused primarily on my essay writing, and tried to fit in more time to study for FL overall. Also, I decided to re-take the MBE again, because I hoped to use that as a backup to pass on the overall score in case my FL score was marginal. I was scoring a minimum of 70-80% on MBE questions, and I just didn't think that, given my time restraints on study time, I was confident enough to pass the FL section outright.
Needless to say, on Part A I did the exact opposite that I did the last time: I felt I did decent on the essays, but feel I did relatively poorly on the FL Multiple Choice, because the topics tested were those I had glossed over but didn't really go in-depth with studying. However, I'm confident I far exceeded my MBE score than from the last time. Most of the questions were spot-on from my practice questions, so I was extremely confident I did well. In fact, if I get below a 150 on the MBE, I'd be genuinely shocked. Which leads me to my questions:
1.) Can anyone provide a simplified answer on how the raw vs. scaled scoring works?
2.) I've heard some discrepancies regarding the grading for the Overall method. Since I solely used Barbri both times, I am under the impression that you should shoot for a 126, since you should get at least a 10 point bump. Does that mean I should hope I got a 126 on each part, or a 126 after they have averaged both scores in order to get the extra points?
3.) Lastly, assuming I did extremely well on the MBE (let's say 155+), would I have any chance of succeeding Overall if I scored poorly on the FL section (I'd be lucky if I got a score of 115 or above)? I've heard they scale up for the FL section, and scale down for the MBE. So if I did extremely well on MBE, will that hurt me on the FL side if there's a huge discrepancy between the 2 sections?
This is why I'm really wondering where they do the curve and the scaling, either individually on each part of after they have averaged the two.
Any insight would put my mind at ease.