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What Are The Best MBE Practice Questions?

What Are The Best MBE Practice Questions?

The focus of this blog article is on the MBE portion of the bar exam. The MBE portion is comprised of exactly 200 multiple choice questions that must be answered over a six-hour period. So, with such a heavy focus on multiple-choice questions – what are the best kind to use when preparing for the bar exam? Do you depend solely on the MBE practice questions included in your bar prep course? Should you practice using MBE questions found online? What about from supplemental bar prep tools? In short, the best MBE practice questions are those previously included on the bar exam and later released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). We’ve previously discussed the best places to find practice MBE questions. This time around we’re going to look at several key advantages to practicing with previously released MBE questions.

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What Is the Best MBE Practice: Quality or Quantity?

What Is the Best MBE Practice: Quality or Quantity?

Too often students substitute the quantity of practice problems for the quality of the practice strategy. Of course, practicing MBE problems is necessary for mastering the MBE, but you can better build MBE endurance through the quality of your practice. Without a proper study strategy, many students taking the bar exam waste time and effort on increasing practice count. Let’s talk about three simple ways to increase the quality of your MBE practice while maximizing the effectiveness of each practice question you answer. Read further to see how to get your best MBE practice.

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Why Am I So Nervous About The MBE?

Why Am I So Nervous About The MBE?

When studying for the bar exam, many students find themselves asking, why am I so nervous about the MBE?  As a reminder, the Multistate Bar Exam, or more commonly known as the “MBE,” is the portion of the bar exam that contains 200 multiple-choice questions.  Students tackle the MBE in two three-hour chunks, usually on the second day of the bar exam.  (For an MBE primer, check out What is the Multistate Bar Exam?) If you are one of those folks questioning the fortitude of your nervous system, let’s just say at the outset—it’s perfectly normal to be nervous about the MBE.  This post explores some of the reasons why the MBE can prove so challenging.

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What To Do If You Failed The MBE The First Time

What To Do If You Failed The MBE The First Time

You get your bar exam results back and look at your score.  While your essay scores were solid, you did not attain a passing score on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and therefore failed the bar exam. As disappointing as this is, it’s not the end of your legal career! You can learn from your mistakes. You can try again. And you can pass. This post lays out five things to do when you discover that you failed the MBE.

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Is The MBE Really That Bad On The Bar Exam?

Is The MBE Really That Bad On The Bar Exam?

Unless you’ve taken the MBE portion of the Bar Exam, there’s no way to concretely determine how you’ll fare. It seems like everyone has a different advice and opinions relating to the MBE portion of the bar exam. One search online and you’re sure to be overwhelmed with different viewpoints surrounding the MBE.  Some will say it was easier than they expected. Others will claim it was drastically harder than the practice questions they used. So, is the MBE really that bad? We discuss this in more detail below.

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Four Tips For Practicing MBE Questions

Four Tips For Practicing MBE Questions

Studying for the bar exam is a demanding process. It requires a balance of learning new concepts, reviewing law you learned (maybe as far back as 1L year!), memorization, and practice. Practicing MBE questions is a key component to mastering the bar exam and should be done regularly. However, if you don’t practice strategically, the MBE can be a detriment to your chances of passing the bar exam. In this post, we give you some of the top MBE practicing tips so that you can maximize your chances of scoring well on the MBE portion of the bar exam.

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How Important Is MBE Review During Bar Prep?

How Important Is MBE Review During Bar Prep?

If you’ve made it through law school, you’ve likely survived more multiple-choice tests than you can count. You’re probably not thrilled at the prospect of studying for one more, especially since written exams are the norm in law school. You may be wondering how much time you need to spend studying for the MBE. How important is the MBE to your overall bar exam score? The short answer is that the MBE is an important component of your bar exam score. This post will provide a brief overview of the MBE and explain why scoring well on the MBE is so critical to passing the bar exam.

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Experimental Bar Exam Questions

How Do Experimental Bar Exam Questions Work?

How Do Experimental Bar Exam Questions Work?

The MBE includes experimental bar exam questions, and these questions do not count towards your final score. In total, there are 25 experimental questions on the MBE portion of the bar exam. That means of the 200 total MBE questions you will answer on the bar exam, only 175 will be scored. Above all, the NCBE uses experimental questions on the bar exam only as a resource for examiners.

These questions are used by examiners to determine the level of difficulty, formatting, length, and complexity of future MBE questions. For example, if 90% of applicants missed an experimental question, that may mean the question was too difficult. Likewise, if 90% of applicants correctly answered an experimental question, that may mean the question was too easy.

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Time Management On The MBE

3 Tips For Time Management On The MBE

3 Tips For Time Management On The MBE

One minute and forty-eight seconds. That’s how long you have to answer one MBE question on the bar exam in order to finish on time. Now take that time and multiply it by 200 MBE questions. Six hours. That’s the amount of time you should be spending on both sections of the MBE portion of the bar exam. Easier said than done, right? Time management on the MBE is a skill that can make the difference between passing and having to re-take the bar exam. So, if you’re struggling with time management on the MBE portion of the bar exam, what can you do? Well for one, know that you’re not alone! Time management skills are something that thousands of applicants struggle with during each administration of the bar exam. The tips included below will provide you with steps to become faster, more accurate, and more confident with MBE questions.

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How To Deal With Glazing Over During the MBE

How To Deal With Glazing Over During the MBE

The Multistate Bar Examination (or “MBE”) portion of the bar exam is almost always considered a marathon rather than a sprint. This means that stamina and accuracy are preferred over outright speed. Going too fast on the MBE portion of the bar exam can cause you to overlook facts and ignore answers. The MBE portion of the bar exam is six hours from start to finish.  More specifically, that’s 100 questions in the first three hours and 100 more in the following three hours. If you’ve taken a simulated bar exam, you might have noticed that things sometimes get a little blurry during the MBE. It makes sense when you think about it. Two hundred multiple-choice questions are a lot to ask of someone! So, if slow and steady is the more reasonable approach to the MBE, how do you avoid burnout? We’ve assembled our top tips to help you deal with glazing over during the MBE.

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MBE Practice Questions Accurate

Are MBE Practice Questions Accurate?

Are MBE Practice Questions Accurate?

Practice, practice, practice. It’s one of the biggest aspects of studying and preparing for the bar exam. There are practice essays, practice performance tests, practice multiple choice questions…the list seems to never end! However, given all the practice that goes into preparation for the bar exam, students want to ensure they are working with quality materials.  This begs the question: are MBE practice questions accurate?  We discuss MBE practice questions in further detail below.

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Three Tips For Better MBE Performance

Three Tips For Better MBE Performance

The MBE portion of the bar exam is a daunting and challenging prospect, to say the least. Not only must you answer 100 questions in three hours (and then an additional 100 in another 3 hours) but there are also answer choices aplenty. Each MBE question comes with four possible answer options. For many students, eliminating two answer choices and deciding between the remaining two can feel like gambling. JD Advising has some more tips for better performance on the MBE.  These tips are designed to help you during the preparation process for an upcoming administration of the bar exam. Let’s take a look at JD Advising’s tips for better performance on the MBE.

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