Truth-In-Testing Vetoed for Bar

Teacher & Employment Testing

New York Gov. George Pataki has rejected legislation to extend some "Truth-in-Testing" protections to the essay component of the NY State Bar Examination. The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature without visible opposition, would have allowed examinees to obtain copies of their exams and to challenge items that might have been erroneously scored. The state would have incurred no additional costs to add these provisions: test-takers who wanted to take advantage of them would pay the fee.


Gov. Pataki claimed that existing protections were sufficient but, in fact, none exist. New York's Truth-in-Testing law applies to university admissions exams, not occupational licensing tests. A veto override appears unlikely.