c3pO4 wrote:ok - for posterity. barbri is kindof flame. did 2000+ barbri Qs, studied ass off, still felt like much of the MBE was like walking into oncoming traffic on the freeway. how hard is it to just prepare us? oh just study hard and be overprepared, sail through. false. i dont feel like i failed necessarily (who knows), but it seems stupid that barbri did not really prepare us after all that work and $$$.
If you put in all that work I'm sure you'll be fine. Remember that everyone is in the same boat and the curve will work in your favor.
To be fair to BarBri, the program can only ever be reactionary. From what I've heard, this year's and last year's MBEs have been harder, with different material than what is normally tested. It takes the test prep companies some time to adjust to the changes, and meanwhile those of us who get caught in the transition period have to bank on a nice curve.
They don't use all new questions every year, though. The average MBE score is almost exactly the same every year, within a point or two. There are a ton of previous questions embedded on the MBE that have been used in prior examinations.
I realize I keep coming off like a barbri/themis/kaplan booster or whatever, but people almost always feel like the actual MBE questions are harder on test day. Barbri's simulated MBE, simulated final exam, simulated half day, and simulated full day are all objectively more difficult than the actual MBE itself. While it might not SEEM like it, it's objectively true. All of those tests at the end barbri gives are freaking impossible. If they made them more difficult, which is what people seem to want, it would be essentially guessing on every question, which isn't helpful at all.
Part of it is the 10 experimental questions that probably throw people for a loop. Part of it is only remembering the impossible questions. Part of it is just the stress of the day. Part of it is not being able to immediately score your exam.
I think the prep companies do a remarkable job preparing students for the MBE, far of a better job than relying solely on the released real MBE questions.