Long time lurker here. This was my third time taking the New York bar. I only missed passing in February by ONE point (which is the stuff nightmares are made of). I wanted to share what I've learned through this whole process:
Unlike some other states, NY does not let you challenge your bar exam score if you failed but were close. Instead, NY regrades the exams of anyone who has scored 655 to 664 after the initial grading. Maybe New York is in the process of regrading a LOT of close exams (especially given the difficulty of the MBE)? We'll never know.
If you pass, you will only receive your MBE score (but NOT your essays scores or total points). If you fail, you will receive an itemized list of your scores, including your score on each individual essay, NYMC, and MPT. Hence, the bigger pdf.
If you fail, you can request a copy of your essays, which you must pay for and which must be done within 60 days of receiving your results. The copies of the applicant’s own essay answers is $40. You can get your essay answers, the essay questions, and model answers for $70 (the essay questions and model answers will be available eventually but not when results come out).
Generally, you cannot use your MBE score again for future exams (or to waive into DC if you failed; I already looked into it)
Though the general window to apply for the February bar exam is Nov. 1-30, for re-takers in NY it can be a little different.
If you took and failed the immediately preceding examination, the deadline for re-application is the later of (1) the filing deadline above; or (2) 14 days from the date of the release of the examination results. Re-applicants who did not complete both days of the immediately preceding examination do not get the benefit of this extension.
(For the February exam, we found out on Monday, and the regular application period closed on Thursday)
If you retake the exam, the fees for NY will be the same (unlike other states where you get a discount if you take it again), and you will have to pay for ExamSoft again.
You can take Barbri again for free, and I assume many other bar preps have the same policy. I did Barbri again, but didn't watch the videos (except the new ones for Admin and Civ Pro). I also purchased a Seperac subscription, which was excellent.
Also, if you haven't started your NY character & fitness application, I would start soon. You have to get a signed AND notarized form from every legal employer you've had, including clinics and internships. It's a pain and it's mostly out of your control how quickly your past employers get back you to. You have to submit the originals of these forms (rather than scanned or faxed), so you'll have to wait for the hard copies to come back. I'm pretty sure that you have to submit your complete application, rather than pieces at a time. You'll want to get your application done ASAP, because some departments have limited spots for their first few C&F interview sessions. You won't be able to get your license until you get this application in, do your C&F interview, and get sworn in.
I hope this info helps! I know that having some understanding of the process can be useful, especially when you have to figure life out post-results (either re-taking or doing C&F) or when you're sitting around waiting for results and hating life. Here's hoping the wait is over SOON!