What A Missed MEE Question Means
Leaving a question blank on the bar exam is never a great feeling. This is especially true if the blank question was part of the MEE portion of the exam. Similarly, answering an MEE question and later realizing you missed the mark can also be demoralizing. The good news is that it’s not the end of the world. Whether you missed an MEE question because you got anxious, lost track of time, or simply didn’t know the answer, you’re not alone! Each bar exam administration, JD Advising gets hundreds of students asking whether they failed the bar exam because they missed an MEE question. Luckily, a blank, skipped, or missed MEE question doesn’t mean you automatically failed the bar exam! We’ll discuss what a missed MEE question can mean in more detail below.
What A Missed MEE Question Means
Forget About The Question
If you’re reading this, chances are the Bar Exam is over and you’re looking around online for advice. As we mentioned above, you’re not alone! Hundreds of students taking the bar exam struggle with successfully completing the MEE portion. Dwelling on your performance during the bar exam is normal, however, try not to let it take over your thoughts. Your afterthoughts and emotions, specifically surrounding the MEE portion of the bar exam, won’t impact the end result. Your result will be the same no matter how much you worry! If you’re looking back and remembering how you left that one MEE completely blank or answered it wrong – stop! We discuss some options for dealing with post-bar exam anxiety here.
Learn From The MEE Mishap
In the event you need to retake the bar exam, you can learn from your prior mistakes. Look back at your experience on the bar exam and honestly assess what went wrong on the MEE. Did you run out of time? Did you misunderstand the prompt? Maybe you got anxious and blanked? The good news is that once you identify what went wrong, you can take steps to remedy the issue. For example, if you ran out of time on the MEE portion, practicing MEE questions can be a great tool. Likewise, managing your emotional responses to certain events and circumstances during the bar exam can help you remain focused.
The Statistical Reassurance
On the UBE, the MEE (excluding the performance test) is worth thirty percent of your overall score. Since there are six MEE questions on the UBE, simple math tells us that each MEE question is worth five percent. Assuming you either left an MEE question blank or didn’t accurately answer the question, that’s only five percent of your overall score. Statistically, if you performed well on the remaining five questions, the performance test, and the MBE – you can still pass the bar exam! Keep in mind that students who completed all MEE questions aren’t guaranteed to pass if they did not accurately and thoroughly respond to the MEE questions.
A Reality Check
If you wind up not passing the bar exam, there are still some options available to you! Depending on the jurisdiction, you can take the Bar Exam as many times as you need! For thousands of students each year, retaking the Bar Exam is simply part of the process. If you decide to retake the bar exam, you’ll go into exam day with a better idea of what to expect!
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