Cool MBE Test Tip

I recently asked alumni from my law school for advice on passing the bar exam. 

I posted a summary of that advice over here.

But, people continue to leave advice.

One person left a particularly interesting comment about how to take the MBE exam.  I probably would not do it this way, but it sounds really interesting and might work for you.

Here is what she said:

I realized part of the anxiety everyone felt [about the MBE] was jumping around from topic to topic. Instead of following their pattern, I took the first ten minutes to scan each question and identify whether it was torts, con law, etc. Then I did all of the sections together.

I knew property had the longest questions so I did those last. This way you're hedging your answers to your strongest subject matters. Additionally, your brain works on sixteen evidence questions in a row rather than skipping around. You needn't follow their system to beat it.

I think this MBE strategy could help someone who is willing to use 10 minutes of the 3 hour exam block to sort through the questions.  Since most people practice MBE questions one subject at a time, this could be a very effective way of marrying practice testing with application.

What do you think about this MBE test tip?


Need more MBE tips, check out
this post or this podcast.  Also, you can get PDF copies of my free MBE outlines by clicking here.


Anonymous said...

Interesting, but sounds like a lot of work!

Bar Advisor said...

Yeah, I don't think that I would have tried this when I took the bar exam, but everyone's brain works differently....

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