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ALERT: MacBook Pros w/ Touch Bar Not Permitted on CA Bar Exam

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 27, 2017

If you have a new MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you will NOT be permitted to use it to take the CA Bar Exam this February.  Apparently  the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not compatible with the security software for the upcoming bar because it allows predictive text.  This does not affect all MacBooks, only those with the Touch Bar.  Even though this feature apparently can be disabled, several other states also have banned that type of computer.  I just spoke with a CA State Bar representative who said that they just received this information today, so hopefully they will post a notice with further details on http://www.calbar.ca.gov soon.

He did not have information at this time regarding the July 2017 exam.  He also did not have information regarding the cost of reinstalling ExamSoft on a compatible computer, but in most other states that fee is waived, so it likely will be in CA as well (see MA and TN, for example).

For further information, call the CA State Bar at (415) 538-2300 (press 0 to speak with a representative) or ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889.

EDIT:  Here is the official notice from the CA State Bar:

http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/4/documents/specialNotices/0217NoticeReMacbrookPro020117_R.pdf

 

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2 Responses to “ALERT: MacBook Pros w/ Touch Bar Not Permitted on CA Bar Exam”

  1. sevlev said

    Is the laptop still banned for the July ’17 CA Bar Exam? Any update?

    • mcgeorgebarprep said

      The latest updates appear to be from January. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I recommend calling the State Bar at the number listed above to confirm.

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