Many students don’t know how to begin approaching the MPT. Here we give you our top 5 Best MPT Bar Exam Tips so that you can dominate the bar exam. These tips will help you maximize your time by studying efficiently. They will also help you avoid common mistakes that many bar exam takers make.
Our Top 5 Best MPT Bar Exam Tips to Dominate the Bar Exam
1.Learn how to format the MPT!
Learning exactly how to format an MPT is critical for a few reasons:
- First, if you don’t know how to format your MPT, it is immediately obvious to the grader that you don’t know what you’re doing. On the contrary, if you format it well, the grader will immediately have a good impression of you!
- It will save you time! You do not want to waste valuable time on the MPT trying to figure out how to format.
- Lastly, you will score higher on the MPT! Organization and formatting count!! You will score higher if you know how to format an MPT.
So, one of our best MPT bar exam tips is to figure out formatting ahead of time. Check out this post to see attack outlines for each type of MPT task.
2. Focus on the highly tested MPTs first.
Not all MPTs are tested equally. See our MPT chart here, to see when each task has been tested.
- One thing you will notice is that the most popular tasks are objective memos and persuasive briefs. Indeed, bar takers have been asked to complete these tasks approximately 70% of the time during the last ten years. So you can expect that you may see one or both of these tasks on your MPT.
- Then, after reviewing the most popular tasks, take some time to review demand letters and opinion letters, as these tasks have been tested pretty often during the past five years.
- Lastly, look at the odd MPT tasks – the “wildcard” MPT tasks. These are tasks that are infrequently tested, like bench memos and complaints.
If you looking for examples of which MPTs to complete, see our sample MPT study schedule. We include links to different tasks as well as a good guide on how to approach these tasks. We also include MPT bar exam tips for each task.
3. Pay attention to the task memo.
While this may seem like a very basic MPT tip, it is often overlooked. We cannot tell you how many times we see students write beautiful opinion letters that do not address what is asked of them. Or they write a persuasive argument when what they are really being asked to write is an objective memorandum. (In a persuasive brief you want to persuade, but in an objective memo, you want to be objective rather than argue!) Students generally get better at this with practice (see our next tip!). However, if you make it a habit to focus on the task memo from the beginning you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration!
4.Incorporate MPT practicing into your study schedule in a timed setting.
This is probably one of our most important MPT bar exam tips because it is so overlooked. So many students do not practice answering MPTs. If you do not have a good resource for MPT questions, check out our MPT books with point sheets and student answers. We literally have everything for you in one place. (Also see this post which contains other sources for MPT questions and answers.)
After familiarizing yourself with MPTs, make sure to practice MPTs in a timed setting. It is easy to write an MPT answer if you have half a day to do it. It is much more challenging when you have to allocate approximately 90 minutes per MPT!
5. Self-grade your MPTs.
Many students answer an MPT and then glance over a student answer and that is it! But you should, in reality, spend a substantial amount of time self-grading your MPT. This is how you get the most out of it.
After you answer an MPT question, look over a student answer to see how you did. We recommend that you look at the student answer to check the following things:
- Does your format look correct?
- Is your answer is long enough?
- Do you discuss the same issues in about the same amount of space?
- Is your analysis of the issues generally on-point?
Then self-grade your MPT using the point sheet from the National conference of bar examiners. (There are more tips on self-grading MPTs here.) But the general idea is, you want to see:
- Did you spot most of the issues?
- Were you able to spot (and focus on) the most important facts from the file?
- Did you apply the law correctly?
- Were your conclusions correct?
- Is your answer well organized overall?
These are our top five MPT bar exam tips that will help you score high on the MPT! Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like help improving your MPT score.
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