Format & Overview of the MBE

What You’ll Learn:

  • Format of the MBE – number of questions; scored vs. unscored questions
  • MBE Test Day Sessions – time and how many questions per session
  • How Much Time to Spend Per MBE Question
  • The 7 Subjects Tested on the MBE

MBE Format

*The unscored questions are indistinguishable and distributed evenly, so you must answer ALL 200 questions.

MBE Test Day

MBE Test Day – Two 3-hour Sessions
MBE Session # 13 Hours100 Questions
MBE Session # 23 Hours100 Questions

Timing & Pace

To finish 100 MBE questions within each 3-hour session, you have 1.8 minutes (1 minute 48 seconds) per question.

Subjects Tested on the MBE

Seven (7) Subjects are Tested on the MBE, with 25 scored questions from each subject area:

  • Civil Procedure¹
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

*Note, the additional 25 unscored pretest questions may be from any of the seven subject areas.

¹Civil Procedure was added to the MBE in February 2015.