Jacques_Bentley wrote:5ky wrote:Jacques_Bentley wrote:
This year's MBE was significantly more difficult than the ones administered in the recent past. I practiced on actual past released MBE's and easily scored around 90% correct, but on this exam I felt like I got half of them wrong. The questions were just much, much trickier. I predict that the national average score will be sharply reduced this year. The curve is our friend here, however. We're not trying to reach the top 25%; we just need to avoid the bottom 25%. (Or thereabouts.)
One of the few useful things a Barbri lecturer said to us (paraphrasing): When you are panicking about the bar, STOP for a moment, and think about all of the lawyers you know. If they passed the bar, so can/did you.
this is objectively untrue, duder.
also, released MBE questions aren't like the LSAT, they don't release all of their questions or even a representative set.
The ones I looked at were described to me as "full actual MBEs." In retrospect, it is quite possible that in the stress of bar study I was misinformed about this (EDIT: I was) and/or took this too uncritically. If so, then thank you for the clarification. However, I can say that there were several hundreds of questions, and that I found them to be noticeably easier than the ones on this year's MBE. I suppose they may have deliberately selected only the easiest questions and assembled them into a deceptively easy exam, but I don't see why they would do this. Even if they were the easy questions, they were still much easier than this year's "easy" questions. The nature and design of the questions themselves just seemed much more straightforward.
So, I will stand by my prediction that this year's national average *raw* score will be substantially lower than in the recent past. Feel free to bring up this post in a few months. If I am wrong (and I hope I am!), I will happily admit defeat.
EDIT: I just saw this relevant thread: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 3&t=213870
It seems that NCBE claims that these sets of questions are fairly representative -- "The material presented in the MBE-OPE is very similar in content representation and format to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and is intended to familiarize candidates with MBE-style questions". But it also appears that there is some debate among TLSers as to whether this is accurate. To the extent that it is accurate, however, there can be little question that this year's exam was far more difficult.
that says absolutely nothing about difficulty, just content and style of question. everyone agrees the MBE questions were more difficult than the released Qs, but people say that every single year (because the released questions are, in fact, easier)