(Reuters) – California will return to an in-person bar exam in February after three distant testing rounds spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Courtroom of California on Wednesday issued an order confirming that the two-day exam can be given at testing facilities Feb. 22 and 23, “subject to any restrictions that may be imposed by any state or local public health orders in effect on those dates.”
The Nationwide Convention of Bar Examiners, which develops the 200-multiple-choice query Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) that includes half of California’s take a look at, already announced in June that it deliberate to provide solely an in-person exam in February, ending its non permanent follow of letting jurisdictions select between in-person and distant codecs. Had California opted to persist with a distant exam in February, officers would have wanted to develop a substitute for the MBE.
California gave a shortened on-line bar exam in October 2020, adopted by a full-length distant exam in February and July of this yr. Every time was marred by technical points, although the issues weren’t widespread in February.
Examinees had been monitored for dishonest via the cameras and microphones on their computer systems. That used up extra laptop reminiscence than software program supplier ExamSoft anticipated, inflicting the computer systems of some July 2021 take a look at takers throughout the nation to crash mid-exam.
The preliminary outcomes of an investigation into these tech points by the State Bar of California discovered that about 31% of the state’s July examinees skilled a pc downside, although solely 2% misplaced time or solutions in consequence. ExamSoft executives advised members of a California State Bar committee final week that the corporate has mounted that reminiscence problem.
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