happyhour1122 wrote: maxmartin wrote:
PersistentAttorney wrote:I think it has to do with the format and structure of the exam. Some people just cannot reach their full potential in such tight time periods. Some others just don't study as much as needed. And then us foreign takers. Essays are tough to handle in such little time in a second language, and the US is the only country I know that focuses so much in multiple choice exams. Foreigners are not so familiar with that system.
Because essay is too arbitrary. "One of the most interesting findings from this paper was that when they gave the same examinee's essay to all the graders (without telling them) to see how consistent they were (the graders were told to mark each essay pass or fail), they found that the graders were consistent only 67% of the time (i.e. for every two graders that marked the essay a PASS, one grader marked it a FAIL)".
Glad CA move to 50% MBE.
Sorry, no clue about the new score system, but there is a great paper on the CA score system from 1977:http://www.seaphe.org/pdf/past-bar-rese ... ations.pdf
One of the most interesting findings from this paper was that when they gave the same examinee's essay to all the graders (without telling them) to see how consistent they were (the graders were told to mark each essay pass or fail), they found that the graders were consistent only 67% of the time (i.e. for every two graders that marked the essay a PASS, one grader marked it a FAIL).
My personal opinion is that CA will switch to the UBE in a few years (the switch from a 3-day exam to a 2-day exam was rather suggestive of this). The big states are eventually going to all fall in line (e.g. Illinois is currently considering the UBE and will probably be the next big jurisdiction to switch).
Guess luck matters............
Indeed it does. Luck is an important aspect. Is your essay on the first ones in the bunch the grader is grading? Last one? Was the grader tired or fresh? In a forgiving mood? Had an argument with another driver/commuter on his/her way to the office? Did your essay fall after a series of great essays and your deficiencies stood out? The opposite? There's a gazillion of parameters that may affect your outcome.
Even in the MBE there are certain fatigue periods within the morning or afternoon session and the sequence of the questions (as it is not the same for each exam taker to avoid cheating) can also potentially affect performance. For example, what if your sequence of questions is shuffled as such that the most difficult ones fall within the period you are fatigued the most and the sequence of the person seating next to you is such that the same questions are somewhere in the late beginning of the session where performance is at its best? Candidates usually under-perform in the beginning and the end of their sessions because their mind is either not warmed-up or too tired. So sequence can definitely play its part if you are really unlucky. Especially if most difficult ones are one after the other, which can really affect your confidence as you feel like you are struggling with every single one of them and as a consequence you form the impression of being unprepared.
This is why people who really studied and failed by an inch shouldn't lose heart. Many variables in this exam can really shift the balance towards either passing or failing. Have faith in you and it will happen eventually! BE PERSISTENT!
PS: I read the paper and Joe's post. But his deviation (2:1 pass/fail ratio of the same essay between different graders) affects everyone, not just foreigners. Thus it doesn't explain why foreigners under-perform comparing to ABA graduates.