How Many MPTs Should I Do?
One of the easiest, yet overlooked places to get points on the bar exam is the MPT. In Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction’s the MPT is worth 20% of the applicant’s overall score (or the same as 70 scored multiple-choice questions!). The great thing about the MPT is that with some tailored practice, it is relatively easy to improve your score significantly. This is mainly because the MPT provides you with all of the law and facts that you need to complete the task. In other words, it is a “closed universe.” So, the applicant just needs to know how to complete the task in the requisite time.
How Many MPTs Should I Do?
1. Check out our MPT frequency chart to see which types of MPT you will likely see.
So, you may be wondering what is the catch? Well, the pitfall that many students fall into is not practicing any or enough MPTs! Thankfully, this is an easy mistake to correct. If you take a few moments to look at our MPT frequency chart, you’ll notice that persuasive briefs and objective memos are the most frequently tested. You’ll also notice that the letters—opinion letter and demand letter—come in next based on how often they’ve been tested. Lastly, you’ll notice that the rest of the tasks are not at all frequently tested.
This frequency chart is an excellent guide for helping you determine how many MPTs you should do to be adequately prepared for the exam. It is our recommendation that you start your MPT practice with getting familiar with the format for the different tasks. Many valuable points are lost when an exam taker fails to organize their assignment properly. To learn about how to format a persuasive brief and objective memo check out the links.
2. Start with persuasive briefs.
Once you are familiar with what your tasks should look like, you should start your practice with the most frequently tested type of MPT—the persuasive brief. Based upon how you do, taking into consideration things like your timing and the point sheet, you should do about three more of these. For some students, completing two is sufficient. For others, they need to practice the task a few times to make sure they can get it done within the hour and a half they have to complete the task.
3. Then, review objective memorandum.
Next, you should move onto the objective memo. We recommend following the same basic approach. I would start with one and then based upon how you do, plan on completing anywhere from one to three more. Even if you are comfortable with the task, we recommend doing two at the very least.
4. Practice both opinion and demand letters.
Once you feel that you have those two types of tasks down, you should move onto the letters. We recommend doing at least one of each type—opinion and demand.
5. Familiarize yourself with unusual tasks.
Then, you should plan on looking at a few of the “odd” tasks. For students who are really nervous about the MPT, we recommend they practice each task—a closing argument, complaint, dispute resolution statement, contract provision, bench memo and “leave behind.” For those that do not have timing issues or are feeling more confident, it is likely enough to practice one to two of these tasks. In our opinion, the “odd” tasks are not that bad! As the instructions will tell you exactly how to format your task!
Looking for which specific tasks to do? Check out our MPT study schedule here!
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Meagan Jabbori, our wonderful bar exam tutor and course instructor, wrote this post. Meagan scored in the 96th percentile on the Uniform Bar Exam, and has helped hundreds of students pass the bar exam.
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