180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 297-1857 | Fax: (651) 297-1196
Email: ble@mbcle.state.mn.us

September 2020 Exam

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Scroll through the September 2020 exam information or select one of the topics below.

Dates
Location
Exam Timing
Parking
Registration on Exam Days
What to Bring
Laptop
Uploading Exam Answers
Food and Beverage
Additional Information
Exam results

Dates

September 9 & 10, 2020

Location

RiverCentre
175 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Applicants granted testing accommodations may be tested at the same location (if there is adequate and appropriate space available) or at a different site (usually in downtown St. Paul).  Applicants will be advised of the site location approximately one month prior to the examination.

Exam Timing

Exam timing may be adjusted to accommodate social distancing requirements. Specific timing will be posted to your portal approximately three weeks prior to the exam. Here is an example of the timing:

Wednesday morning doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Allow 20-30 minutes to complete registration)
Wednesday morning instructions: 8:40 a.m. (be in your seat)
Wednesday morning session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 MPT questions)
Wednesday afternoon doors open: 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon instructions: 1:15 p.m. (be in your seat)
Wednesday afternoon session: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 MEE questions)

Thursday morning doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Thursday registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Thursday morning instructions: 8:40 a.m. (be in your seat)
Thursday morning session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (100 MBE questions)
Thursday afternoon doors open: 1:00 p.m.
Thursday afternoon instructions: 1:15 p.m. (be in  your seat)
Thursday afternoon session: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (100 MBE questions)

Digital clocks will be available in the room for timekeeping. They are synchronized as close as possible with the official clock, which is located at the Exam Supervisor’s platform. Watches and other timing devices are not permitted.

Parking

There is parking at the RiverCentre Parking Ramp and in the Kellogg Blvd Parking Ramp. There are many other parking ramps in downtown St. Paul.

Registration on Exam Days

You must sign-in with the Registrars on both Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday

  • You must arrive at the examination site wearing your own mask and wear it during the entirety of the exam.
  • You will go through security screening both days. Please review the permitted items in advance and leave all other items at the unsecured area, in your car, or at home. You will need to affirm that you are bringing into the exam only permitted items.
  • If you have special permission to bring in otherwise prohibited items, you must present a green admission card (see more info under “What to Bring”). This would be mailed to you in advance.
  • You must sign in with the registrars at your exam room.
  • You must bring your ADMISSION TICKET printed from your Applicant Portal on the first day of the exam. You will not be admitted without your Admission Ticket.
  • You must bring your driver’s license or a government issued ID with your picture and signature.
  • Examinee ID badges are issued at registration. You must wear it throughout the exam.

Thursday

  • You must arrive at the examination site wearing your own mask and wear it during the entirety of the exam.
  • You will go through security screening both days. Please review the permitted items in advance and leave all other items at the unsecured area, in your car, or at home.
  • If you have special permission to bring in otherwise prohibited items, you must present a green admission card (see more info under “What to Bring”). This would be mailed to you in advance.
  • You must sign in with the registrars at your exam room.
  • You must bring your examinee ID badge on the second day of the exam and wear it throughout the exam.
  • You must bring your driver’s license or a government issued ID with your picture and signature.
  • You do NOT need to bring your Admission Ticket on Wednesday.

What to Bring

For a list of allowed and prohibited items at the bar exam, click here. If you have any questions, contact our office. Applicants may bring personal sized bottles of hand sanitizer (up to 3 oz. with a flip or pump top) and a personal sized package of sanitary wipes.

Anyone who has requested and received special permission to bring an otherwise prohibited item into the exam room (such as pillows, lumbar rolls, wrist rest, ergonomic chairs, etc.) must present the green permission card to the security person at the secure testing area entrance and ask for assistance.

You may leave prohibited personal items in a designated UNSECURE area outside of the exam room. Leave all valuables at home. The Board of Law Examiners and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at Saint Paul RiverCentre authorities assume no responsibility for lost or stolen personal items.

Make sure to bring:

  • Mask
  • Driver’s license or government issued ID with your picture and signature (Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Admission Ticket (Wednesday)
  • Examinee ID Badge provided at the bar exam (Thursday)

Laptop

Review the laptop registration and information page to use a laptop. If you are registered to use your laptop to take the exam, review the instructions you will receive on your applicant portal with your admission ticket prior to the exam.

Uploading Exam Answers

Additional information will be posted prior to the bar exam.

Food and Beverage

  • No food or beverage is allowed in the secure testing area or exam room.
  • Water bottles will be available.
  • All examinees will be required to exit Roy Wilkins Auditorium during their lunch break and will be asked to avoid congregating. Please plan appropriately.

Additional Information

  • You will be required to wear your mask for the duration of the examination.
  • Laptop and handwriting examinees are seated in the same room.
  • No scratch paper is allowed. You may write in your test booklets, but may not tear any pages from the booklets or tear the booklets apart in any way.
  • No exam books or paper may be removed from the exam room.
  • If the exam is interrupted for any reason, remain seated and wait for instructions from the Exam Supervisor.
  • Once admitted, you may not leave the secure testing area or exam room unless you are escorted by a proctor or staff. If you leave unescorted, you will not be permitted to re-enter.
  • You may not talk once instructions begin.
  • If you need assistance at any time for any reason, raise your hand and a proctor will assist you.
  • If you finish the test session early, leave your exam materials on your table, let the proctor know you are leaving and exit the exam room.
  • An announcement will be made when there are only 15 minutes remaining in the test session.
  • You may not leave the room during the last 15 minutes of the test session.
  • You must stop the test immediately when time is called.
  • You must remain seated until the exam supervisor has said you may leave. You will be provided additional instructions on how to leave the room to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a smoke-free facility.
  • As a courtesy to others, please avoid wearing perfume or cologne.

Exam Results

Exam results are anticipated to be released on Friday, November 6, 2020.