Ace the MPRE in three easy steps!
1. Do NOT be on time.
On your ticket you'll see a notice that says "Report to testing site no later than 8:30 a.m."
But being on time is the best way to lower your score. To get there at that time, you'll have to wake up crazy early! Especially if you were foolish enough to leave your cell phone at home (see below). Don't worry, the testing site is so oversubscribed and understaffed that the first time you could possibly be noticed by anyone is around 9 a.m., but the test doesn't start until 3 hours later anyway! Here are some better ways to spend those early morning hours: sleeping, eating a good breakfast, or, most helpful, studying!
2. Do NOT form an orderly line.
Here is one of those rare opportunities where chilvary is be to your immediate personal benefit! The unhappiest person is the one who signs in first. The happiest person is the one who signs in last. What is the first person's reward? Sitting in a room with nothing but their pencils and erasers, in a randomly assigned room with randomly assigned strangers, for THREE HOURS! Yippee! No mp3 player, no crossword. You can't even have scratch paper, so no doodling! You're not even allowed to go the bathroom. What is your penalty for being the last person in line? Going to the bathroom freely, eating, drinking coffee, smoking (if you like), listening to your favorite music, and . . . . STUDYING YOUR MPRE BOOK! The first person in line starts the test hungry, 3 hours less prepared, and having to pee. Hurray for punctuality!
3. Bring all your contraband!
Why do the first tips work so well? Well, of course it's because the only two employees signing people in have to enforce a very strict security rule: no contraband is allowed in your clear plastic ziplock bag. Needless to say, that's a lot of clear plastic bags for two people to look at! It takes forever! Of course, you can have anything in your pockets! Many people will! I would never advocate cheating: that's clearly wrong and stupid. But what about using the benefit of your phone to find your way to the test center? You'll be able to leave later because you'll have less chance of getting lost, and you can get up-to-date transportation information. Which bus was I supposed to take again? Is that the only bus I can take? Which stop was I supposed to get off at? Don't worry! They just don't want you to put it in your plastic bag! They are VERY serious about that. Don't mess around!
Forgot your MPRE review book? Don't worry! If you had the sense to not get in line, you'll find a pile of review books next to the garbage can. These are the ones that wouldn't fit into the garbage can, which, of course, is already full of review books. They used to belong to the unfortunate souls who went in first. This tip is also useful if you already finished all the practice tests in YOUR review book. Hey, if you arrived at 8:30, you have 3 hours! Spend the time taking as many practice tests as you can!
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