Thirty-seven percent of those who took California’s February 2021 bar exam passed, the state bar announced Friday evening.

The pass rate marks a substantial improvement from the historic low of 27.9% who passed the February 2020 exam. But the percentage of those who passed is still lower than it was during many years in the 2010s, when the February pass rate climbed above 40% five times, even though the passing, or cut score, was 1440 instead of today’s 1390.