Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby a male human » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:23 pm

ConfusedL1 wrote:
lawst_ wrote:I took Barbri twice, failed both times I used it. My MBE was pretty low both those times as a result.

I finally passed this time around and the main difference for me was using Ameribar and Adaptibar. Both use real bar questions, which are significantly different from Barbri's questions.

Seriously, I wouldn't even look at Barbri's MBE questions unless you completely run out of questions from Adaptibar.


Damn. What use is Barbri at all then?

Feeling of security. They are well known, and most everyone else is using them. Their outlines are pretty good, though.

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby lawst_ » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:40 am

ConfusedL1 wrote:
lawst_ wrote:I took Barbri twice, failed both times I used it. My MBE was pretty low both those times as a result.

I finally passed this time around and the main difference for me was using Ameribar and Adaptibar. Both use real bar questions, which are significantly different from Barbri's questions.

Seriously, I wouldn't even look at Barbri's MBE questions unless you completely run out of questions from Adaptibar.


Damn. What use is Barbri at all then?


I think their state materials/essay stuff is good. I also used the CMR quite extensively. But if you can buy just those books online or from someone without taking the actual course, do it. Barbri is extremely overpriced and more than half of their materials are useless (in my opinion). Kaplan/Ameribar/Adaptibar/Emmanuel all have better MBE prep.

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Law&coffee » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:23 pm

lawst_ wrote:
ConfusedL1 wrote:
lawst_ wrote:I took Barbri twice, failed both times I used it. My MBE was pretty low both those times as a result.

I finally passed this time around and the main difference for me was using Ameribar and Adaptibar. Both use real bar questions, which are significantly different from Barbri's questions.

Seriously, I wouldn't even look at Barbri's MBE questions unless you completely run out of questions from Adaptibar.


Damn. What use is Barbri at all then?


I think their state materials/essay stuff is good. I also used the CMR quite extensively. But if you can buy just those books online or from someone without taking the actual course, do it. Barbri is extremely overpriced and more than half of their materials are useless (in my opinion). Kaplan/Ameribar/Adaptibar/Emmanuel all have better MBE prep.


I definitely agree with the above. Barbri is great for essay prep, but weak in its MBE program. That's why you need to supplement with Adaptibar, Emanuel, or Critical Pass. The Barbri MBE questions will not prepare you adequately for the MBE portion of the exam.

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby sheeeluh » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:48 pm

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Tiredbuthappyitsover » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:47 am

Critical Pass is a great alternative to long outlines and lecture notes because Critical Pass condenses all the IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY information you need onto short and manageable cards that you memorize and handle for the real MBE. There is no point in reading hundreds of pages of lecture notes that you won't remember later on, anyway.

Adaptibar is also good practice with REAL MBE questions out there.

There is also good MBE prep with Reed Bar Review.

PM me with your email if you want the discount codes for Adaptibar or Critical Pass, or if you have more questions about Reed Bar Review. I am happy to help!

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Southpaw89 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:22 pm

Isn't it true that they've increased the difficulty of the MBE questions since the Adaptibar questions were used?

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Tiredbuthappyitsover » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:36 pm

Southpaw89 wrote:Isn't it true that they've increased the difficulty of the MBE questions since the Adaptibar questions were used?


That's probably true, but remember that there are always "easy," "medium," and "difficult" level questions on the MBE. Adaptibar is the best measuring stick out there for what you'll likely face on your MBE, IMHO, because the same NCBE people who wrote the old questions are writing the new questions as well. And FWIW, I had a couple questions on my MBE that I knew the correct answer to because of previous questions I'd done on Adaptibar-in other words, some concepts may be repeated. And also FWIW, I failed the bar the first time (2016) without consistently using Adaptibar and I passed it the second time while regularly using Adaptibar (2017).

PM me anyone if you want an Adaptibar or Critical Pass discount code.

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Toubro » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:38 pm

Tiredbuthappyitsover wrote:
Southpaw89 wrote:Isn't it true that they've increased the difficulty of the MBE questions since the Adaptibar questions were used?


That's probably true, but remember that there are always "easy," "medium," and "difficult" level questions on the MBE. Adaptibar is the best measuring stick out there for what you'll likely face on your MBE, IMHO, because the same NCBE people who wrote the old questions are writing the new questions as well. And FWIW, I had a couple questions on my MBE that I knew the correct answer to because of previous questions I'd done on Adaptibar-in other words, some concepts may be repeated. And also FWIW, I failed the bar the first time (2016) without consistently using Adaptibar and I passed it the second time while regularly using Adaptibar (2017).

PM me anyone if you want an Adaptibar or Critical Pass discount code.


Wait - I'd imagine there would be more than a couple of questions testing the same concept. Perhaps you meant there were couple of questions that had a nearly identical fact patterns and no material differences (like changing names, dates, etc.)?

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Re: Do you need supplements (Adaptibar, Critical Pass, Emanuel)?

Postby Tiredbuthappyitsover » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:59 pm

Toubro wrote:
Tiredbuthappyitsover wrote:
Southpaw89 wrote:Isn't it true that they've increased the difficulty of the MBE questions since the Adaptibar questions were used?


That's probably true, but remember that there are always "easy," "medium," and "difficult" level questions on the MBE. Adaptibar is the best measuring stick out there for what you'll likely face on your MBE, IMHO, because the same NCBE people who wrote the old questions are writing the new questions as well. And FWIW, I had a couple questions on my MBE that I knew the correct answer to because of previous questions I'd done on Adaptibar-in other words, some concepts may be repeated. And also FWIW, I failed the bar the first time (2016) without consistently using Adaptibar and I passed it the second time while regularly using Adaptibar (2017).

PM me anyone if you want an Adaptibar or Critical Pass discount code.


Wait - I'd imagine there would be more than a couple of questions testing the same concept. Perhaps you meant there were couple of questions that had a nearly identical fact patterns and no material differences (like changing names, dates, etc.)?


I meant that there were some Adaptibar questions that tested nuances and exceptions to legal rules that I didn't know before, and after doing those questions it drilled in certain rules of law into my head memory-wise that I would remember well and could recall again. I would say more than a couple, but I wasn't reading it as closely as you did while I was writing it.




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