PhillyLaw2010 wrote:Just saw a video in the "study guru" section that said that the national average is 115-117, which is reassuring.
If you are reading this forum, you obviously care about how you are preparing for the exam, and therefore, it is more than likely that you will have done enough work to pass. Think about it. You have just been presented with an enormous amount of information for an exam that tests difficult intricacies. If you got fifty percent correct on the midterm, you most likely absorbed all of the major concepts, and now, you have over a month to put together the leftover details. All is well.
As for the essays, I was getting poor scores initially and felt extremely frustrated by the minimal feedback and somewhat arbitrary grading system. However, my fiance, who is also studying for the bar exam, told me that she adhered to the Kaplan expectations precisely and has been receiving positive feedback. Reluctantly, I submitted what I would consider a "cookie cutter" essay answer to Kaplan, and in return, they gave me an "above the standard score," which placed the "meter" well within the green area. If you follow all of their sign posting criteria, such as using headers, stating "the issue is," beginning your rule statement with "Under PA law," and starting your application with "here," you will get a good score. I guess it more about making everything blatantly obvious to the grader and having an essay that is easy to assign points to rather than developing a sophisticated response. On the actual exam, I suppose this approach will be beneficial when you are in a time crunch and need to complete your answers before the end of each session.
Hope this helps those frustrated with the essays....