Three MBE Tips For Exam Day
You’ve memorized all you can and completed more practice questions than you can count. Even so, the thought of sitting down to take the MBE on exam day can still be frightening and overwhelming. In this post, we’ll cover three MBE tips to keep in my when taking the bar exam.
Three MBE Tips For Exam Day
1. Start with (and go back to) the fact pattern.
As you begin to answer MBE questions, feel free to start with the fact pattern! Some students practice beginning with the call of the question (and this is ok if you’re already used t this), but for other students, starting with the call of the question can be distracting and requires them to read the fact pattern multiple times. Once you’ve read the fact pattern and the call of the question, stop and see if you can answer the question before looking at the answer choices. If you know the answer, this will make moving through answer choices a breeze and save you valuable time!
Answer choices on the MBE can be tricky (and are designed that way!). If you find yourself glancing at the answer choices first, try covering them. Sometimes students misread the fact pattern if they focus too much on answer choices! Additionally, some answers might correctly state the law but are otherwise inapplicable given the fact pattern. Start with the fact pattern, and if you find yourself debating between two different answer choices, go back to the fact pattern for guidance!
2. Use the process of elimination.
If you don’t know the answer right away, there’s no need to panic! You likely know enough to eliminate at least a couple of the answer choices. Each question usually has one or two answers that are not relevant to what the question is actually asking or that address the wrong law. Check out these tips for eliminating answer choices!
As mentioned above, the fact pattern and the call of the question can include valuable information to help you narrow down answer choices. If you get stuck, try taking another look at the fact pattern and make sure the answer choice actually answers the call fo the question!
3. Go into it with confidence and perspective.
Remember, you do not need to get every question correct to pass the bar exam. So long as you answer around 60% of the questions correct, you’re likely to pass the MBE! You’ve probably taken a lot of tests in your life, and you’ve probably scored better than a 60% on almost all of them. So, tell yourself you can do this. You’ve studied and practiced diligently. Believe that you can pass the MBE (and the entire bar exam)! If you go into the exam with confidence, you’ll be less troubled by anxiety and more able to focus on remembering the law and reasoning through the questions.
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