The bar exam is over. You have traded months of studying for months of waiting. All of a sudden, studying for the bar exam doesn't seem nearly as bad as waiting month after month for results. To add insult to injury, all your non-law friends and family are undoubtedly asking "did you pass?" You find yourself in the annoying position of having to repeatedly explain to people that you don't get the test results for 4 months.
But believe it or not, results day WILL come. Your nerves will be through the roof, and the terror of thinking that maybe you didn't pass will have you wondering why on earth you told everyone when results are released. So consider this technique: lie.
I have a friend who told people that he wouldn't know until December. I wish I had been so clever when I took the bar the first time. If you pass, there's no harm in telling people "early" that you passed. You could even explain your strategy and no one would fault you for it. But if the worst happens, you have given yourself some time to process the disappointing news however you wish. Then you can break the news to people the way you best see fit.
Here's another deceptive strategy (especially for repeaters): don't tell anyone you're taking the test in the first place! Okay, so this might not work out very well for most people since usually repeaters take the following administration of the exam and that is what is expected. For my second attempt, however, I used this tactic and it worked out pretty well. No one knew when I would re-take the exam, so no one was asking about the bar. It is a little bit trickier to keep bar prep a secret, though. A sudden change like that to your daily calendar is unlikely to go unnoticed.
For me, I just couldn't bear the humiliation of failing again. I didn't want everybody and their mother knowing I was taking the exam and then knowing that I failed (if I failed again). In the end, I did end up telling a handful of my closest friends about it, but they were all people who I knew would think no less of me if I did happen to fail again. Happily, it turned out that I passed, and it was great to be able to tell people that I passed the bar and was now a lawyer; much easier than telling them in May that I was going to take the bar exam but wouldn't know until November if I passed. During all those months of studying and waiting, I never had to answer those 2 annoying questions: "how's the studying going?" and "did you find out yet?/did you pass?".
So maybe you might just want to buy yourself some space from that inevitable and annoying question; could you do it? Could you lie about when results are released?