California Bar Examination

A guide to give students resources to prepare for the California State Bar Examination. Included in this guide are materials on admission, essays, performance tests, MBE (multi-state exam), and MPRE (multi-state professional responsibilities exam), etc.

General Information

The Performance Test (PT) are an assessment of an applicant's ability to understand and apply legal authorities in the context of a given factual pattern.  Each question consists of a file and library with instructions on what legal tasks the applicant is expected to perform.  Performance test questions require applicants to:

  • Sift through detailed factual material and separate relevant from irrelevant facts, assess the consistency and reliability of facts, and determine the need for and source of additional facts
  • Analyze the legal rules and principles applicable to a problem and formulate legal theories from facts that may be only partly known and are being developed
  • Apply problem solving skills to diagnose a problem, generate alternative solutions, and develop a plan of action
  • Communicate effectively, whether advocating, advising a client, eliciting information, or effectuating a legal transaction

There are 400 possible raw points for this portion of the exam, 200 points for each performance test.

Sample Performance Exam Questions

Performance Test Resources

Unless otherwise indicated the resources listed below are located in either the Law Closed Reserve Room or the Law Open Reserve Room.

Heafey Law Library Research Team