Anyone have any stories where you thought you failed the bar exam but ended up passing? I’m a retaker anxiously waiting dc bar results. They’re out tomorrow.

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Not the bar but maybe helpful nonetheless. I walked out of my law school tax exam absolutely certain I had failed. I’m not someone who always thought I failed exams and at that point I was close to top 10% in my class and pretty accurate in my predictions. But positive I didn’t understand the material and had just blabbered on the exam. I spent weeks planning my interview answer to why I had failed tax, how I was going to make up the lost credit, etc. I got the highest grade in the class, the prof thought I had a brilliant career in tax ahead of me. I am a transactional lawyer and always say I don’t know anything about tax. I never tell this story because I don’t want anyone thinking that I understand tax. And I have never once done my own tax return. Good luck to you!

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I did not fail but I will tell you that the Bar doesn't feel great to most folks because it's pretty hard (well, I guess that depends on your state but still). Good luck tomorrow!!!

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100% thought I failed. I didn’t feel confident in an MBE answer until question 18. I kept my earplugs in until I got to my car after the exam was over because I couldn’t handle everyone talking about the exam. A month after the exam I woke up screaming in the middle of the night due to a bar exam nightmare. I also had shit grades in law school so that wasn’t helping my confidence level post-exam either. I ended up passing first try (in CA nonetheless).

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Oh I was 100% sure I failed. I had a panic attack and basically blacked out for the first 10 minutes of the exam on day 1 so timing got the best of me on the second MPT. Then I think I had maybe one or two sentences written down for an essay in the afternoon. Ended up with a 294 😅 Hope you get good news tomorrow!!

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You can’t really tell since a lot of it is up in the air (i.e. scale, essay graders, raw point to scaled point conversion, etc.)

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Passed the CA bar exam in 2015. Didn’t even remotely finish answering all the MBE questions on the second day. Bubbled in a straight column of Cs in sheer panic. Had a complete and utter meltdown back at my hotel room in which I cried in the fetal position on the floor for a significant period of time, seriously contemplated not coming back for the third day, slept maybe 2 hours that night. Begrudgingly came back for the third day, tried my best. 3 months later found out I passed after I prepared myself, family and fiancé to accept there was no way in hell I passed.

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Definitely thought I failed, but passed both exams. I worked as a student rep for a bar prep co in law school and the sales guy told me that anyone who leaves theses exams feeling at all good should worry. So if you feel like you failed it's probably a good sign. 🤷 Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

My computer crashed during the test after I’d already lost time on a question because i had no clue what it was asking. I passed anyway. :D

Thank you all for your responses! I am really hoping for some good results tomorrow.

I took February 2020 UBE. Was sure I failed. Passed by a lot. The mbe questions were tricky. Rooting for you.

I literally thought I failed, as in once the results came out failed, but ended up passing.

Our results website crashed on results day so the bar decided to post a PDF list of all the test IDs that passed ... mine wasn’t on the list. Spent a solid hour on the phone with countless friends and family telling them I was done I failed ... but then finally the website got back up and running and low and behold I actually did pass haha it took me literally being sworn in before I could believe it was real

Probably not what you were asking about here but had to share haha probably one of very few people that knows what it feels like to both fail and pass the same bar exam

I was a retaker as well. My hang up was the MPT and I ended up doing prep courses with both Themis and Kaplan. You can absolutely do this.

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