The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a multiple choice examination given three times each calendar year (March or April; August; and November). The test is designed to measure the examinee's knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession.
Many jurisdictions require bar applicants to write the MPRE. The MPRE is also scored and scaled nationally; although each jurisdiction establishes its own passing score Illinois requires a scaled score of 80 or more points on the MPRE. An Illinois bar applicant may take the MPRE at any time after beginning law school.
An applicant need not take the MPRE before writing the bar exam. However, The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar must receive satisfactory proof that an applicant has achieved a passing MPRE score before he or she can be recommended for admission to the bar.