stratocophic wrote:If MBE questions are like Barbri Advanced questions, my MBE score is going to be so low that, as a matter of policy, my state's examiners literally won't bother grading my essays. If they're like the Beginner/Intermediate questions, I've got at least a shot at passing comfortably.
Someone with knowledge tell me which of those two outcomes is more likely so I know who I should be cursing for their sadism - Barbri's question writers or the MBE's.
From what I have been able to piece together from TLS, BarBri, and anecdotal evidence from former classmates and my spouse, the questions run the gamut from MPQ Sets 1-4 with 3-4 representative of the harder end of medium. Sets 5 and 6 are outliers that will pop up on the exam, but not in concentrated numbers. If you can at least split 5 and 6 (17-19 correct) even if falling short of BarBri's goals you should be ok on the most nuanced questions.
I have also heard informally that the Barbri questions and the released MBE questions don't actually match up with what we will see on test day. The released MBEs are not really representative of the tricky questions which they retain and recycle. BarBri writes their questions "in the spirit of the MBE" and the scenarios might match up, but the questions are worded differently and distinctions between the two "correct" answers will be different than what BarBri has presented. The common thread I've gotten from people who took the MBE is that you will come out of the exam feeling that the BarBri experience was different than what the MBE actually asked. So expect resentment and disappointment along with the soul crushing experience of being overwhelmed.
I'm curious to see if anyone has heard the same or different. Everyone I spoke to passed by the way. I know BarBri shafted its students either last year or a few years prior by not covering topics that the MBE decided to concentrate on more thoroughly and then threw in additional materials the following year to make up for deficiency. Second Amendment comes to mind. It seems like anything is testable, it will be difficult, and Barbri will give you exposure to what the test may feel like, but it's not an exact or in some ways realistic match.