How Much UBE Studying Time Should I Have?
One common anxiety many students have while preparing for the bar exam is how much time they need to devote to their studying. In this post, we cover how much time you’ll likely need as you prepare for the UBE!
How Much UBE Studying Time Should I Have?
Taking the UBE for the first time?
If you are taking the UBE for the first time and plan to study full-time, you should consider treating your studying like a full-time job. This includes incorporating around 8 hours/day of meaningful study time for approximately 10-12 weeks. When preparing for the bar exam, it is easy to experience burnout, especially as you get closer to the exam. To avoid this, make sure you take regular breaks and maintain a realistic study schedule. For example, try to set aside blocks of time that will enable you to focus and be more productive. For some students, this might be 10 minutes after studying for fifty minutes. Other students might prefer to take a half-hour break every two hours. Figure out what works best for you and implement it!
If studying 8 hours/day is not realistic (i.e., because of your work schedule), you may want to consider starting your studies earlier. This might include enrolling in a bar prep program that allows you to begin your studies a few weeks early. (We offer an early bar prep course with our bar prep courses depending on when you sign up!) For folks who might be working while preparing for the bar exam, your study schedule might be more intensive over the weekends while spending only a few hours a day devoted to bar prep during the week.
If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels or need some tailored assistance about how to spend your time preparing for the bar exam, a tutor right be a good option! Working with a quality tutor one-on-one to help your focus your studies can be invaluable leading up to the bar exam.
Repeating the UBE?
If you are repeating the UBE, how you allocate your time may vary depending on how you performed on your prior UBE attempt. For students who have a good grasp of the material but struggle with timing, they might focus on completing more practice MEEs, MPTs, and multiple-choice questions. Other students might be starting over from scratch. Make sure you’re allocating enough time to memorize material (especially for those MBE subjects)!
Your study schedule will vary depending on other obligations you might have as we mentioned. Check out our post, How to Make an Effective Uniform Bar Exam Study Schedule and Plan—for Repeat Takers for more guidance on how to set up a study schedule if you’re retaking the UBE!
As you put together your study schedule, make sure you leave time to review material prior to the bar exam! We usually recommend leaving the last two weeks open just for reviewing material and working on practice material. Whether you are taking the UBE for the first time or repeating this exam, make sure that the time you reserve for studying is productive and stay motivated!
MEE Study Tips
The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) includes six (6) essay questions in a three-hour session during the afternoon of day 1 of the UBE (if you are taking the exam under conventional circumstances). You should allot 30 minutes for each MEE question. The MEE is worth 30% of your total UBE score. For the MEE, be sure to practice your timing to avoid running out of time during the exam!
MPT Study Tips
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) contains two (2), 90-minute assessments that test an examinee’s ability to complete a task typically akin to what you would find in a firm environment (such as an objective memo, an opinion letter, or a persuasive brief). The MPT is administered during the morning session of day 1 of the UBE. Although the sets of materials for each assessment (the File and the Library) contain the law needed to complete the task, practicing the MPT under timed conditions will help you when facing the pressure of the exam. The MPT is worth 20% of your total UBE score.
MBE Study Tips
The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is a multiple-choice test that is administered on day 2 of the UBE. The MBE has 200 multiple-choice questions. Examinees have 3 hours in the morning to complete the first 100 questions and 3 hours in the afternoon to complete the remaining 100 questions. The MBE is worth 50% of your total UBE score.
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