The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a component of the bar examination in the United States. The MPT is designed to test an individual's ability to use lawyering skills to analyse a realistic legal problem and to perform specific tasks that are typically required of an entry-level attorney.
The MPT is a closed-universe, standardised task that requires test-takers to complete two tasks in 90 minutes. Each task simulates a real-world legal problem that attorneys commonly face, such as drafting a memorandum, a client letter, or a motion. The tasks may be based on any area of law, such as contracts, property, torts, or criminal law.
The MPT is developed and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and is used by several states as a component of their bar examination. The exam is typically administered over a two-day period, along with other components such as the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).
The MPT is scored on a scale of 0-6, with 6 being the highest possible score. The tasks are evaluated based on a set of criteria established by the NCBE, such as the ability to identify and analyse legal issues, to use appropriate legal analysis and reasoning, and to communicate effectively in writing.
The MPT is an important component of the bar exam, as it tests an individual's ability to apply legal principles to real-world scenarios and to perform the practical skills necessary for the practice of law.