February 2018 MPT Predictions
February 2018 MPT Predictions: Are you wondering what is going to be on the February 2018 Multistate Performance Test (MPT)? Us too! We have created our own February 2018 MPT predictions. These are the tasks that we think are coming up, primarily based on past MPT questions. We think that you may see the following on the February 2018 MPT.
February 2018 MPT Predictions
1. Persuasive Brief
The Examiners have tested persuasive briefs approximately 63% of the time from 2006 through 2017. Thus, the persuasive brief is highly tested task. However, on the last seven exams, the persuasive brief was only tested two times. Therefore, we think it is likely to come up. Even though it was tested on the July 2017 exam, it is not uncommon for persuasive briefs to be tested consecutively. If you struggle with this task, take a look at our tips to improve your persuasive brief.
As you write your brief, always remember who your audience is. The objective of a persuasive brief is to advocate for your client and convince the trier of fact to reach a specific outcome. It is imperative that you read the task memo as well as any formatting memos in the file before you format your brief. The directions may change slightly from one exam to the next. However, it is always a good idea to memorize the basic structure of a persuasive brief. Get into the habit of writing persuasive headings (link an element of the rule statement with the facts that support it).
To prepare for this task, schedule timed practice MPTs during bar review. We recommend completing the following assignments:
- July 2010: In re Hammond
- February 2010: State of Franklin v. McLain
- July 2009: In re City of Bluewater
- February 2009: Ronald v. Department of Motor Vehicles
2. Opinion Letter
The persuasive brief and the objective memo are the most commonly tested tasks. The next most frequently tested tasks are opinion letters and demand letters. Opinion letters haven’t appeared on the exam since July 2015, so it is possible that it may show up on the exam this February. Never forget the purpose of your task — opinion letters are usually written to clients to provide them an objective view of the possible courses of action available to them. If you are feeling nervous about this task, check out our post on how to draft an opinion letter here.
We recommend completing the following assignment under timed conditions to familiarize yourself with opinion letters:
- Feb 2013: In re Wendy Martel.
For additional practice, take a look at the following MPTs:
Note: After you complete one MPT, make sure to self-grade your answer. Take notes on your strengths and weaknesses. If you are having trouble with your timing, see our suggestions to improve your timing.
We want to emphasize that you should not solely rely on our February 2018 MPT predictions! You should still review all of the different tasks (e.g., objective memos, demand letters, uncommon tasks). We are simply letting you know what we think could be coming up on the February 2018 MPT.
Christine, one of our bar exam tutors, wrote this post. She has passed three bar exams, including California, New York, and New Jersey. Christine scored in the 95 percentile on the MBE, and specializes in helping students raise their uniform bar exam scores!
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