NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

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NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby TXLawguy » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:28 am

I thought this was deserving of its own thread. Another poster noticed that NCBE's website now states that the number of "experimental" questions on the MBE is 25, NOT 10. It is unclear if this change applied to the July 2016 administration of the test or if it only applies future administrations.

The current NCBE site is here: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/preparing/

An archive of the same page from July 12, 2016 is at this link:

https://web.archive.org/web/20160712165 ... preparing/

Check out the differences.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby ironbmike » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:32 am

Interesting...need to find out if this applied to July 2016...

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby akcheat » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:24 am

Boy will I just lose my mind if this doesn't apply to July and I fail by like 6 points or something.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby kellyfrost » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:34 am

I don't think this would have applied to July 2016. It would have been announced in advance on the website and the bar prep companies would have known about it.
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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby symphony07 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:06 am

I called them. It's for the February 2017 exam.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby JayRock2015 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:15 am

Thank you so very much for the update! Very much appreciated! :D

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby symphony07 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:25 am

yea. I wish it applied to us (2016). My thought is that there is an advantage to having only 175 scored questions.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby mvp99 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:47 am

I think it's only an advantage if you're able to identify the experimental questions.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:49 am

Or if they only reduce the tough questions. If they get rid of the easier questions for experimental ones it doesn't help anyone.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby Bexy73 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:29 pm

I wonder why they increased the number of experimental questions? They have been pretty steadfast in defending the integrity of their testing process.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby rcharter1978 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:03 pm

Bexy73 wrote:I wonder why they increased the number of experimental questions? They have been pretty steadfast in defending the integrity of their testing process.


It might be a good way to give themselves some wiggle room for questions that are "established" but really have two "right" answers. Or a way to throw out questions that are established (not intended to be experimental) but the vast majority of test takers get it wrong.

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Re: NCBE Quietly Increases Number of Experimental Questions From 10 to 25 on MBE

Postby passx3 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:32 pm

I emailed NCBE, here's what they said:

"This change is effective with the February 2017 administration. Because MBE scores are scaled, all scores will still be comparable to those earned when there were more scored questions."



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