Are You Nervous For The MPRE?
Are You Nervous For The MPRE?: Many people put off thinking about the MPRE until the week or so right before the exam. This approach causes many people to get nervous for the MPRE. There are many ways to combat this stress. Here are some tips to help you calm your nerves and pass the exam!
Are You Nervous For The MPRE?
1. Actually read the model rules.
This tip might seem obvious, but we encounter SO MANY people who take the exam without having read the rules. Many people think the MPRE is really easy and simply do a few practice problems before the exam. However, this approach infrequently works! Get your hands on a stellar outline and memorize it! Be sure that when you are going through the rules you actually understand what they mean. Some rules and sections are self-explanatory, and others are less clear. If you are looking for an MPRE Cheat Sheet, check out this post.
2. Pay attention to what percentage of questions come from which rules.
Not all rules are treated equally on the MPRE. One good way to combat nerves is to know what to expect. We recommend checking out the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ (NCBE) site (the people who write the MPRE). According to the NCBE, Conflicts of Interest is the most highly tested area composing 12-18% of your questions. That means that 6 to 9 of your 50 scored MPRE questions can be on this topic alone! Due to this, you should make memorizing these rules a priority.
3. Practice real released questions.
Don’t waste your time practicing made up MPRE questions. The best way to prepare an exam is to practice with real questions. Check out the NCBE site to purchase a released exam. Here is a list of free sources for MPRE questions. Even if you are taking an MPRE course, it does not hurt to try a variety of questions. This includes released MPRE questions!
4. Avoid sitting through a long, pre-recorded lecture.
Many students feel compelled to sit through a long MPRE lecture the week of the test. Yet, given the amount of time that most of these lectures typically take to get through, this is likely a waste of your time. Often times these lectures cause students to have more anxiety too! Instead, go through the outline yourself and make sure that you understand the rules. Active review is much more effective than passing listening.
5. If you’re struggling or have questions, hire a tutor.
If you have put off preparing for the exam or if you have questions, hiring a tutor may be what you need. A tutor can answer all of your questions. Or a tutor can help you set up a schedule so that you make the most of the time you have to prepare. You may find that one session with a tutor covers a lot of ground and helps you feel more confident. Walking into that exam feeling good and knowing what to expect is key!
6. Take care of you!
If you are really nervous about the MPRE, be sure that you are taking care of yourself! You have to be well to make it to the exam and to get through it successfully. So, this means making sure that you are getting enough sleep. Make sure you are exercising and eating well. In the end, doing these little things can go a long way!
This post on being nervous for the MPRE was written by our law school tutor, Meagan Jabbori, who has helped several students succeed in law school and on the bar exam!
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