February 2019 MPT Predictions
On the July 2018 exam, the following tasks were tested: a persuasive brief and a wildcard (uncommon) task. On the February 2019 MPT, you will also encounter two tasks. For the most part, the Examiners want to test whether students can write both objectively and persuasively. Therefore, it is common for students to see one objective task and one persuasive task. Our predictions for the February 2019 MPT are explained below.
February 2019 MPT Predictions
1. Persuasive Brief—Update: tested!
The objective memo and persuasive brief make up at least 70% of all tasks tested during the last ten years. Therefore, we think it is highly likely that examinees will be asked to complete one of these tasks. Since July 2013 students were asked to write an objective memo nine times and a persuasive brief five times. Thus, our best guess is that examinees will be asked to write a persuasive brief on the February 2019 UBE. The Examiners often test the same type of task on consecutive exams.
If you are unfamiliar with how to format a brief, take a look at our post on how to format a persuasive brief on the MPT here.
To get some practice with persuasive briefs, we suggest that you complete a few tasks under timed conditions to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. We recommend taking a look at the following MPTs, all of which are available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website:
- July 2011: In re Social Networking Inquiry
- July 2012: Ashton v. Indigo Construction Co.
- February 2013: In re Guardianship of Will Fox
2. An Opinion or Demand Letter—Update: not tested! Objective memo was tested!
After the objective memo and the persuasive brief, the next most commonly tested tasks are opinion letters and demand letters. Since July 2013, letters have appeared on the MPT five times. We think that if you are asked to complete a persuasive brief for one of the tasks on the February 2019 MPT, the other task will most likely be a letter – either a demand letter or an opinion letter.(Most likely if you are given a persuasive brief, you are more likely to be given an opinion letter because that tests objective writing skills versus a persuasive brief, which tests persuasive writing skills.) Opinion letters are generally written to clients and provide an objective view of the possible courses of action available to them. If you are feeling unsure about this task, check out our post on how to draft an opinion letter here. Demand letters generally ask the recipient of the letter to take particular action, thus it is a persuasive task. If you are looking for tips, take a moment to read our post on how to format a demand letter.
Note: We want to emphasize that you should not rely on these predictions! You should take the time to review all of the commonly tested tasks on the MPT in addition to a few uncommon tasks.
To get some practice with letters, we suggest that you complete a few tasks under timed conditions to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. We recommend taking a look at the following MPTs, all of which are available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website:
- July 2009: In re City of Bluewater
- July 2012: State of Franklin v. Soper
- February 2013: In re Wendy Martel
We hope you found our post on the February 2019 MPT predictions helpful!
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