Format, Content, & Grading of the
South Dakota Bar Exam
All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any
time by the South Dakota bar examiners. When any
changes are made, they will be posted on this site.
Dakota Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and
the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.
Day (Tuesday): Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
For details on the MPT, click
Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions
For details on the MEE, click
Day (Wednesday) morning session:
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 100 Multiple-Choice questions.
Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session:
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.
The South Dakota Board of Board Examiners MAY accept an MBE scaled score of
at least 130, if the MBE was taken within 25 months prior to the next scheduled
South Dakota exam
and if the applicant passed the bar exam in the other jurisdiction.