Just wanted to send everyone good wishes on tomorrow's exam! I took it in February and was totally, utterly, convinced I failed. I realized after the MBE day that I'd gotten a number of questions wrong that were usually easy for me, and I was literally making stabs in the dark on my second day of essays because I got my worse subjects (trusts, biz orgs, remedies) that I had barely had time to study.
I was in fact SO convinced I failed that I booked hotels and plane tickets and told my judge I'd need a week off to take it again. Fortunately, I was wrong, and when I requested my MBE waive-in checks for MN/ND/DC, it turned out my MBE was well north of passing, even though I felt certain I had bombed it.
The test is designed to make you think you did horribly, because it's impossible to learn it all. But partial credit counts, so even if you don't know for sure, make it up, provide a lot of analysis, and be thorough in your answers. Use every single minute, and have clear headings, subheadings, and underline important holdings, conclusions, etc. My entire trusts essay was bullshit because I had literally spent about 1.5 hours total learning trusts. Yet somehow I wrote almost 2,000 words as an answer.
Moral of the story? Don't give up! Stick to your guns, analyze the hell out of every single fact you see, and remember that the VAST majority of people walk out feeling like they failed, and lots of them still pass. Repress the urge to throw in the towel, and fight to the very end.
And yes - the hoodie rule is not enforced at all. In my Oakland test center, there were dozens of people rocking the hoodie, which was fine as long as it was down. And you are allowed to bring a laptop charger in.