Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

desperate4lawschool
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Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby desperate4lawschool » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:54 pm

So Kaplan/Barbri make up their own questions to prepare its students for the MBE, while Themis uses questions from past MBEs they licensed from NCBE. If I'm not taking the prep courses, which questions should I use to prepare for the MBE? Actual questions from past exams or the ones that were created by Barbri/Kaplan? Which ones do you feel prepare you better? Your recommendation will help me buy the right books.

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Elms
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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby Elms » Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:26 pm

Having studied with both types (Barbri for IL 2012, BarMax, which uses real MBE, for CA this Feb), I suggest using real MBE questions.

Barbri ones were too long and convoluted. They claim this helps you learn better so the real ones seem super easy on test day. I'm not sure how valid that claim is, and I did fine with Barbri questions when I used the course. But using real MBE questions is so much less painful. They give you a better idea of how you'll do on test day, and don't unnecessarily freak you out by being ridiculously difficult.

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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby Metaread » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:18 am

Where can we get real bar questions though? I know that there are real tests from the 90s, but i don't want to be using practice bar tests that are almost as old as I am.

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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby underthirty » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:33 am

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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby Metaread » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:39 pm

Thanks. I heard NCBE also has some practice tests?

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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby underthirty » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:30 pm

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Re: Past MBE questions or Kaplan/Barbri Questions?

Postby redblueyellow » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:54 pm

underthirty wrote:
Metaread wrote:Where can we get real bar questions though? I know that there are real tests from the 90s, but i don't want to be using practice bar tests that are almost as old as I am.

BarMax has 1500+ old real MBE questions for $149. Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics book has 550+ old real MBE questions. You won't find any currently-in-use real MBE questions available anywhere.


Would you assume that the 550 questions from Emanuel's would be the same questions also found in the BarMax and Adaptibar sets?




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