13 Best Practices for Grading Essays and Performance Tests

13 Best Practices for Grading Essays and Performance Tests

By Sonja Olson

When grading essays and performance tests for the bar examination, fairness, consistency, and focus are the cornerstones of good grading. In this article, NCBE’s MEE/MPT Program Director shares best practices for grading these written components to ensure that they serve as reliable and valid indicators of competence to practice law.


Opinions may vary about what should be tested on the bar exam, but if there is one point of agreement, it is that lawyers need to be skilled at communicating in writing. And communicating in writing means much more than using proper syntax, grammar, and vocabulary. Lawyers must be able to adjust their writing to a variety of audiences, ...

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How Are Questions Written for NCBE's Exams? Part Two: Two Written-Component Question Drafters Share the Process

How Are Questions Written for NCBE's Exams? Part Two: Two Written-Component Question Drafters Share the Process

In this issue, we bring you the second part of a section on how questions are drafted for NCBE’s exams—a process that involves multiple stages ...

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13 Best Practices for Grading Essays and Performance Tests

13 Best Practices for Grading Essays and Performance Tests

By Sonja Olson

When grading essays and performance tests for the bar examination, fairness, consistency, and focus are the cornerstones of good grading. In this article, NCBE’s MEE/MPT Program Director shares best practices for grading these written components to ensure that they serve as reliable and valid indicators of competence to practice law.


Opinions may vary about what should be tested on the bar exam, but if there is one point of agreement, it is that lawyers need to be skilled at communicating ...

Read More

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