As noted earlier in this blog, Southern California experienced a 5.4 earthquake on the first day of the state’s bar exam. Be sure to read the comment to our post sent in from a test-taker in the Anaheim Convention Center; the writer relates a conversation she had with a state bar representative regarding the granting of extra time to some test-takers.
Amanda Bronstad / Staff reporter
The National Law Journal, August 7, 2008
Complaints are beginning to roll in about last week’s earthquake disrupting the first day of the California bar exam after hundreds of test takers in a room close to the epicenter were promised an extra five minutes. Several people sitting for the exam in the Ontario Convention Center say they were not given the time extension promised by proctors.
The story quotes one test-taker thusly:
“If we lost anywhere from two to five minutes, that’s potentially five to 10 points you could get on the test,” he added. “If I were a person who did not pass, and it was by five points, and I was in a room that got a five-minute disruption from the earthquake, I would definitely protest it. I would definitely make it an issue.”
“Any interruption weighs heavily upon the takers,” [ Robert Hawley, deputy executive director of the State Bar of California] said. As a result, the State Bar is gathering data on the disruption that, along with reports from experts in psychometrics, will be presented to the committee of bar examiners in order to measure the earthquake’s possible impact on test scores.