How did you find out about this?
There are actually two separate errors. Someone who had taken the July 2015 exam applied for admission to the bar in another state. As part of the standard procedure for responding to an inquiry from another jurisdiction, the applicant’s score history was pulled. In doing so, we found an aberration in the reporting of that applicant’s score. That led to a deeper investigation and ultimately to where we are today.
For the February 2016 examination, a different methodology was used for the score calculation, which yielded a different result. The Board of Bar Examiners decided to return to the prior methodology. This procedure resulted in passing scores for some who had been notified that they did not pass.
Who’s to blame for these errors?
As members of the Board of Bar Examiners, we are responsible for the integrity of the Bar examination process.
Do you know what caused the problem and is it fixed?
There are a number of factors that led to these problems, new procedures being implemented and some changes in scoring. The bottom line is that the problems are fixed and we are notifying and reimbursing those impacted by the error.
What will happen with the people who have been impacted by the errors?
They are being notified that they passed the Georgia Bar exam. If they paid for taking the Georgia Bar exam again, we will pay them back for that expense and certain other fees associated with the examination. We are making a concerted effort to contact each and every one of them directly to let them know that we are sorry for the error.
Could this error impact any other exams in the past or in the future?
Following a thorough investigation, we are confident this is the extent of the problems and that this will not happen again.
When did you find out about the problem?
The investigation into possible problems started earlier this year. In the spring we became aware of concerns with the dual track scoring of the February exam, and in August we became aware of issues with the July scoring. It took several weeks to determine exactly what happened in each case, exactly who was affected and to correct the problem.