In this post, we tell you our top five UBE tips to help you conquer the Uniform Bar Exam! We have helped hundreds of students pass the UBE. These UBE tips have been critical to their success! And they can help you succeed too!
UBE Tips: 5 Tips to Help you Conquer the Uniform Bar Exam
1.Focus on the highly tested areas of law to ensure you are spending your time efficiently!
It is so important to memorize the highly tested areas of law on the UBE! You can study all day but if you are learning things that have a very low probability of being tested, you are not doing yourself any favors!
So before you dive into practice questions, take time to memorize the highly tested areas of law. Here, you can find the most highly tested MBE topics and the most highly tested MEE topics. Spending time memorizing the highly tested areas of law up front will help you answer your practice problems right!
2. Practice released questions.
The absolute best source of questions are released questions. There are several sources for real MBE questions (including some of our own released MBE questions here). We also have MEE books and MPT books but if you don’t want to pay for these, there are several years’ worth of essays and point sheets online on the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website.
Some bar review courses write their own questions, which is okay. But the best resources are real questions as they will most closely prepare you for exam day.
3. Actively review answers to MBE, MPT, and MEE problems.
So many students practice but do not know how to actively review, thus depriving themselves of one of the most important parts of the process!
- For the MBE: When you answer something incorrectly, write down the law you didn’t know on a legal pad (or a flashcard, or right in your outline). Then constantly review whatever law you didn’t know. This will turn your weaknesses into strengths. Read this post for more on how to improve your MBE score.
- For the MEE: Self-grade your MEE. As soon as you are done writing your practice essay, switch into “grader mode.” You will get so much more out of it than if you just quickly review the model answer and move on.
- For the MPT: Self-grade your MPT. Make use of the student answers as they will give you a good idea of structure and organization. (If you are wondering where to find MPT student answers, see this post.)
These active review strategies will help make the most of your practicing. Thus it is one of our most important UBE tips. Some of our students credit their high scores to self-grading MEE’s and MPTs and continuous review of MBE law.
4. Take the MPT seriously.
The MPT is worth 20% of your score. In other words, it is the equivalent of 70 multiple-choice questions! Do not ignore this portion of the exam. It tests no law at all and with practice, you can MASTER this portion of the exam. So many students make the mistake of pushing off this portion because they are not as worried about it (or they incorrectly assume that because they did well in Legal Writing in law school, they will do fine on the MPT). If you want more reasons to take the MPT seriously, read this post! This may seem like one of our most obvious UBE tips, yet so many students struggle with this!
If you are wondering how to take the MPT seriously, we recommend doing two things:
- First, make sure you have your MPT formats down. You have to go into the MPT with a good understanding of what it is and how to format your answers.
- Second, practice! Practice about 1-2 MPTs a week. Start with the most highly tested MPTs (objective memos and persuasive briefs) then move on to the other kinds. To see all the kinds of MPTs and when they were tested, check out our MPT chart here.
5. Learn how to memorize
So many students think that if they go to lecture and answer some problems, they will be fine. But the MBE, MEE, and MPT test the nuances of the law! So one of our top UBE tips is to make sure you have the law memorized! Here is a detailed post on memorize your bar exam outlines. However, some general strategies include:
- Repeat, repeat, repeat! Go through an outline multiple times.
- Set up a retention schedule so you can review an outline you have memorized regularly until the bar exam.
- If you are an auditory learner, use primarily auditory techniques (repeating something out loud, creating rhymes or mnemonics) and if you are a visual learner, use more visual techniques (writing something down, creating a chart or diagram, etc.).
- If you don’t know what type of learner you are, take our bar exam learning style quiz!
We hope these UBE tips are helpful to you! If you have any questions about these UBE tips or the Uniform Bar Exam generally, please feel free to contact us at your convenience!
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