Many students ask us: Should I read the library or file first for the MPT (multistate performance test)?
Students often debate whether they should read the library or file first for the MPT. On one hand, if they read the library first they will know the relevant law. However, on the other hand, it is helpful to read the file first because you know the relevant facts (and that can illuminate the law).
We have helped students improve their MPT scores significantly and this is what we have found:
- First, the best part of the MPT to read first is the task memo! This will tell you exactly what you have to do and should guide your entire approach to the MPT. So regardless of whether you choose to read the library before the file or the file before the library, always read the task memo first when tackling a multistate performance test.
- Second, whether you read the library or file next is often a personal decision. We highly recommend if you have enough time that you try it both ways. Some students find that one works better than the other for them personally.
- Third, as a general rule, if you do not have time to try both approaches, we recommend that after you read the MPT task memo, you read the library. That way, you will have an overview of the relevant law and when you go back to the facts you can start taking notes as you read the file and begin to draft your answer. Thus, it can be a time saver to read the library before reading the file.
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