Then, they grade a second essay, running it through the same process and grading model they had created for the first essay, recalibrating any necessary point adjustments. Eventually they find a model answer and grading system that all the graders can use. Although, grading may seem subjective for each grader, believe it or not, if fifteen graders grade the same exam using this calibrated point system, each grader will typically fall within five points of each other. This is to ensure fairness, equality, and eliminate personal subjectivity amongst anyone grading the exams. Any grader who’s scores are consistently more than five points off from all the other graders is typically removed.
The MBE counts for one of seven portions of the bar exam in South Carolina with the six essays making up the remainder. An applicant must pass six of the seven portions. 125 is the minimum passing score for the MBE. To pass an essay section, the applicant must achieve a score of seventy. If an applicant receives a scaled score of 110 or less on the Multistate Bar Examination, he or she will fail the South Carolina Bar Exam without any grading of the essay questions.