Thrive wrote:Anyone know what grade we should be shooting for on the barbri essays? It's apparently out of 25 but they don't specify the minimum (lol) likely needed to be passing.
I think I read on barbri that a passing grade is 17, so I guess that's the minimum
That's probably a little high, but since essay raw scores (like all other non-MBE portions of the exam) are scaled to the MBE scale, no one can give you a definitive number.
Essays are actually double-scaled because the individual essays are first scaled against each other to avoid any grading inconsistencies (so that, for example, if the property graders are on average more generous than the UCC graders, you don't get penalized for being better at UCC than property). Once the individual essays are scaled against each other, the total essay scores are scaled to the MBE. I don't know if I said that clearly, so here's what the Bar Examiners say:
The raw scores on each essay question are
converted to a common score distribution that
weights the questions equally and allows for direct
comparison of scores across the twelve questions.
The sum of the converted Essay scores is
scaled to a score distribution that has the
same mean and standard deviation as the
MBE scaled scores
The result is that, in my example where property is graded more generously than UCC, you could have a 15 raw on UCC and 17 raw on property and still score the mean on both (realistically the gap in means will not likely be that big... probably more like 15.6 and 16.4). As a result, both would push you toward the mean scaled essay score (about 140 for July exams).
(And of course there are some essays where you're going to score high enough to make up for deficiencies in others).