Bar Exam Policies
Important policies to understand for the bar exam.
Bar Exam Security Policy
Laptop Usage Policy
Address Change Policy
Change in Exam Method Policy
This Bar Exam Security Policy is designed for the consideration of all applicants and to prevent cheating. The permissions and restrictions apply to the actual exam room. There is a non-secure area at the exam site for applicants to stow personal belongings. However, applicants leave items there at their own risk; the WSBA and the testing facility are not responsible for the loss or theft of any items.If you have prohibited items in the exam room, you may be required to leave the exam without finishing and/or the items may be confiscated and placed in the non-secure area.
Generally, only those items necessary for the exam are permitted in the exam room. Applicants must put permitted items in a clear quart size plastic bag unless otherwise stated below; applicants should not carry any items in their pockets. There is a limit of two bags.
Note: Please be sensitive to others and try to avoid wearing perfume or cologne or heavily scented soap, hair products and the like.
Note: Seating card and ID is required to enter the exam room. Do not write on either side of your seating card.
For good cause shown, applicants may be permitted to bring otherwise prohibited items into the exam room. All requests must be made online using the special request tool at least 18 days prior to the first day of the exam. All requests must be supported (if applicable) by a doctor’s note. Examples of items are: pillows/lumbar supports, ergonomic chairs, book stand, wrist rest, medication taken by injection, external keyboard or mouse, and religious headgear.
You are permitted to use your laptop computer for the MPT/MEE if you follow the required procedures. The WSBA contracts with ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., using software called SofTest. You may use a PC or Mac laptop. The minimum operating requirements for a PC or Mac laptop are on the ExamSoft website. Prior to the Softest registration period, Examsoft will send all laptop applicants, an email which contains the applicant's username and password along with instructions on how to download Softest. Please be sure to have a valid email address on record with the WSBA Admissions Office.
To use a laptop for the exam, you must:
You are required to purchase and download Softest from Examsoft for each separate exam even if you have used it in the past (e.g., law school, repeating the bar exam, etc.). The Examsoft registration period is listed on the Bar Exam Application and Deadline Schedule. We strongly encourage all applicants to take the mock exam. Softest does not have spellcheck and there is no character count limits. We recommend that you back up your answers on either a CD or a flash drive. The applicant assumes the responsibility for any computer equipment left overnight or any equipment failure. The ExamSoft website tells you how to register, pay for, and download SofTest.
Note: All applicants, whether handwriting or using laptops for the MPT and the MEE, will be seated in the same room.
You may hand-write the exam rather than using a laptop.
Note: All applicants, whether hand-writing or using laptops, will be seated in the same room. MEE answer sheets are 2 pages and answers can be written on both front and back. MPT answer sheets are 3 pages and answers can be written on both front and back. 2 sheets of scratch paper will be provided for both the MEE and MPT.
The last address you provide to the Washington State Bar Association is used on all correspondence. You are required to have an email address in order to access the online application site. Email will be the WSBA's primary communication method with you.
If your address or email address changes, you must change it using the online admissions system. You will not be granted any exceptions for missed deadlines due to outdated contact information.
If you are unable to attend the examination after having registered you may withdraw and receive a partial refund. You must make your request to withdraw online no later than 18 days before the exam date.
Your application fee includes a $300 non-refundable processing fee. If you submit a request to withdraw at least 18 days before the first day of the exam, you will receive a refund of the application fee you paid less:
If you do not show up, you forfeit all fees.
If you want to change your exam-taking method for the essay portion, you must change your method online no later than 18 days prior to the exam.
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