The Magnificent MBE, part I

In the next week or two you will take your simulated MBE. It’s ok if you haven’t done a ton of practice questions yet but do make sure to work in a few sets of each subject between now and then. Don’t focus on what you score you’ll get. That doesn’t matter. Instead, see this as an opportunity to practice under test conditions. This is an opportunity to simulate the environment:

  • Start at 9am and follow the time permitted (100 in the AM, 1 hour break for lunch, 100 in the PM).
  • Use a regular #2 pencil, but no pens, highlighters, separate erasers or pencil sharpeners allowed.
  • No notes, watch, cell phone, snacks, cell phone, ear plugs, or drinks other than water.

Remember that this is not the actual bar exam and even though you think you should know the material, you don’t. Your brain has been so busy taking in new information that it hasn’t had time to process it. You are not going to do as well on this practice test as you will on the actual bar exam. 45% or more correct is a good score. Just in case that didn’t sink in: Anything over 45% is a good score. Once you get your score, use it as a starting point and work on improving. A lot of learning will take place in the next few weeks so figure out why you missed questions- didn’t know the law, didn’t understand the question asked, misread something. These are the things you need to know in order to improve.
In the weeks that follow continue simulating the exam experience when you work through questions:

  • Do mixed-subject sets.
  • Don’t use notes/outlines. You need to force your brain to recall the information.
  • Be cognizant of time: 34 questions in 60 minutes.

Most important, keep the MBE in perspective. You don’t have to get an A to pass.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about how to approach the MBE just like an essay with IRAc.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

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