nyny wrote:Yea pretty much because most takers score from 45-55 on a given essay, the goal is to score high enough on the mbe to make getting a question wrong on essays less of a burden...
According to the seperac Feb 2015 bar calculator a written average of 55 translates into about a 705 common scaled score which is very good...you could probably still barely pass with an mbe of about 125 assuming about half of your NYMC answers are correct...but then again the time it took to complete NYMC wasn't worth the 10% IMO compared to the points you can grab focusing on the essays...
You don't want to use a February Seperac calculator as July numbers are very different. For example, that same 55 for July 2014 translates to a 754 common scaled score. Anyway, for what it's worth, from a 2006 study of the NY Bar (http://www.nybarexam.org/press/ncberep.pdf
) that was based on the July 2005 test:
Mean male essay score for first time male takers, domestically educated - 724.12
Mean female essay score for first time male takers, domestically educated - 734.08
Mean male MBE score for first time male takers, domestically educated - 148
Mean female MBE score for first time male takers, domestically educated - 142.6
The report also had similar info for repeat test takers, as well as breakdowns by ethnic classes. I'm not sure if it had data for test takers educated outside the US. While scores have generally gone down since 2006, the data is probably a decent barometer of average scores. If you want, you can use the Seperac calculator to figure out how the mean essay numbers translate to the actual essay score.