swc65 wrote:c3pO4 wrote:swc65 wrote:I bought an exam from the mbe website. Was testing at around 60% on the barbri questions and got 80% of the real mbe questions correct for a 165. Barbri sucks at writing questions. Their answers suck worse. This is why they tell you not to do too many questions in pace of reading the outlines. I think barbri makes you dumber the more you do their questions.
i don't follow your logic. assuming these questions are representative of the real MBE, it seems barbri has prepared you really well. my question is, would you recommend doing the NCBE online test? is it worth the 6 hours at this point?
The questions one the ncbe are just better written and don't suffer from the problems many people in this thread are discussing. I had the same experience with LSAT test prep. To me the barbri questions confuse the material because no Answr choice is good or they seem to be totally wrong.
The ncbe tests are one hundred questions each. An hour and half to two hours should be sufficient to take one. I totally think its worth it. They provide a scaled score and tell you what the average score was on a set of similar questions. To me their questions seem way less tricky, are shorter, and the explanation are great. They refer to old common law rules less often than barbri (I think only once in 100 questions thy asked about a rule that no longer exists). Ncbe also provides explanations for the questions get correct which is a good insight into how they test.
Anyway it's definitely better than doing a bunch of barbri questions
They also don't test the exceptions to the exceptions to the exceptions. I've done all 3 of those practice tests and every single time it's the same issues per topic (The issues Gusman told us to review in the MBE midterm videos) and they are all presented in a fairly straightforward manner. You miss the question because you don't know the rule, or you get the question right because you do.
Alternatively, all 3 100 question tests are available in the Strategies and Tactics book with (detailed) explanations of the answer choices.
Also if you got a 165 you're in great shape!