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ALABAMA STATE BAR ADMISSION OFFICE

Examinee Information Guide

 

BAR EXAMINATION INFORMATION GUIDE

THE GUIDE BELOW IS TO BE USED AS A GENERAL GUIDE FOR THE ALABAMA BAR EXAMINATION.

ITEM AND PROCEDURE LISTS MAY NOT BE EXHAUSTIVE.

THE SCHEDULE INCLUDED IN THE GUIDE IS FOR THOSE EXAMINEES TESTING WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS.

PRIOR TO THE EXAM, CERTIFIED EXAMINEES WILL BE SENT A BAR EXAMINATION INFORMATION GUIDE WITH INSTRUCTIONS AND A SCHEDULE PARTICULAR TO THE EXAMINEE, INCLUDING ANY SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS.

THE INFORMATION CONTANINED IN THIS GUIDE, INCLUDING THE BAR EXAM SCHEDULE, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

CAREFULLY READ BEFORE REPORTING TO THE BAR EXAMINATION

 

REQUIRED ITEMS

1. Your personal Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card issued for the Alabama Bar Examination. This card includes your photo, your examinee number, and your NCBE number.

2. Your current valid driver’s license or other positive, photo identification.

Note: Each examinee must present each required item before entering the testing area prior to each session and after restroom breaks.

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

 Backpacks

 Briefcases

 Purses

 Rulers

 Radios

 Food or drink

 Any item or device with picture-taking capability

 Books

 Cellular phones

 Beeping alarms

 Cameras

 Calculators

 Audio recording devices

 Lapboards/deskboards

 Any item or device with wireless internet capability

 Scratch paper, notes, or study materials

 

Note: Prohibited items listed here and any other unauthorized materials will be collected and retained by testing officials.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES ON PERMISSIBLE ITEMS IN TESTING AREA

Handwriters: Pens will be provided for you to record answers to the essay portions of the bar examination (MEE and MPT)

Laptop testers: Do not bring your laptop computer in a bag or case

All examinees: Pencils will be provided for you to record answers to the multiple choice portion of the bar examination (MBE)

 

EXAMINEES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR HATS, HOODS, or HEADPHONES

 

 

BAR EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
  Tuesday Wednesday
7:20 AM Report to Convention Center (all examinees)  
7:30 AM Check-In (registered laptop testers)  
8:00 AM Check-In (handwriters) Report to Convention Center (all examinees)
AM Test Session Multistate Performance Test (MPT) 3 HOURS Multistate Bar Examination (MBE-AM) 3 HOURS
  Lunch Break Lunch Break
PM Test Session Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) 3 HOURS Multistate Bar Examination (MBE-PM) 3 HOURS

BAR EXAMINATION PROCEDURES

A. RULES OF CONDUCT

DO NOT begin reading the question(s) or writing until you are instructed to do so.
DO NOT look at the testing materials of any other examinee.
DO NOT continue answering a question after time is called—handwriters must place your pen on the table and laptop testers must exit SofTest.
DO NOT discuss the exam with anyone until you have left the testing area.
DO NOT leave the testing area until you are dismissed (regardless of when you finish).

B. IDENTIFICATION

Each exam paper is to be identified only by the personal examinee number.
You must enter the personal examinee number on the exam questions and answer booklets as instructed prior to each test session.
DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME OR ATTEMPT, IN ANY WAY, TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF ON ANY TESTING MATERIALS. ANY ATTEMPT TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE BAR EXAMINATION.

C. COMPLETING THE EXAM

You should listen carefully to all instructions given prior to the start of the exam.
The question number and/or question booklet color should correspond to the answer number and/or answer booklet color.
Upon completion of an exam session, monitors will collect all examination materials—do not leave your seat and do not talk while materials are being collected.

 

Violation of any bar examination rule or procedure could result in your immediate disqualification from the examination. If you are disqualified, you will be required to appear before the Committee on Character and Fitness of the Alabama State Bar.

 

ENTERING & LEAVING THE TESTING AREA

NEVER enter the testing area without express permission of testing officials.
ALWAYS present the required items when entering the testing area.
NEVER talk to other examinees or cause any disruption when entering or leaving the testing area.
NEVER leave the testing area until dismissed by testing officials.

 

SEATING ARRANGEMENT

The testing area is divided into sections and assignments are posted near the entrance to the testing area.
Your section assignment is determined using your testing method (handwriting or laptop) and your personal examinee number.
Upon entering the testing area, you should form a single-file line at the monitor’s table in your section, where you will check-in and receive your seat assignment.

 

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Dress comfortably.
The temperature of the testing area cannot be adjusted to meet individual needs.
The Convention Center is a "NO SMOKING" facility.
Water coolers are located inside the testing area. You may leave your seat for water after the exam begins.
Designated restrooms may be used after the exam begins. You must check-out and check-in with your monitor for each restroom break.