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About Implementation

NCBE has set a timeline of four to five years for implementation of the NextGen Bar Exam, which will consist of an integrated examination—offered two times per year and delivered by computer—that measures both knowledge and skills through a mix of item formats. NCBE is committed to ensuring a systematic, transparent, and collaborative implementation process, informed by input from and participation by stakeholders, and guided by best practices and the professional standards for high-stakes testing.

The major steps of implementation will include:

  • Developing content specifications identifying scope of coverage

  • Evaluating options for computer delivery of the exam

  • Drafting new types of questions for integrated testing of knowledge and skills

  • Establishing scoring processes and psychometric methods for equating/scaling scores

  • Ensuring accessibility for candidates with disabilities

  • Developing test administration policies and procedures

  • Field-testing new item formats and new exam content

  • Conducting analyses and review to ensure fairness for diverse populations of candidates

  • Assisting jurisdictions to prepare and supporting them in activities such as setting passing score requirements and amending rules to align with changes to the exam

  • Providing study materials and sample test questions to help candidates prepare