Chessiesmile wrote:Seriously guys, as long as you weren't completely and utterly off-track, you probably scored like a 4 or 5 on any given essay. (And even so, as long as you spit out enough buzzwords, the same applies.) Do not beat yourself up about missing a couple issues. I'm not exaggerating about what I said above.
So long as you hit 140+ on the MBE, you're in a very good spot to pass. 150+ and it's almost a lock.
I keep hearing stuff like this, but I'm still crazy nervous. There's a lot that bothers me:
1. First-time February takers in New York pass at a significantly lower rate than July first-timers. Does anyone know why that is? It seems really bizarre to me.
2. The lack of examples/transparency of how essays are graded. I have no idea what exactly constitutes a 4 as compared to a 5 as compared to a 6, etc. I think that I got the rules exactly
right on only 2/5 essays. On some sub questions, I guesstimated a rule which sounded right and actually turned out to be somewhat correct, but I think it will be obvious that I didn't know the rule as well as the others. On another, I later realized I wrote the wrong rule entirely. On yet another sub issue, I think I wrote some weird hybrid version of the correct law and something else entirely.
While studying with Kaplan, my essays scores ranged fairly wildly (the first was a 3, the rest were between 4s and 8s...) In that regard, I have no idea what to expect from the actual BOLE graders. In general, I thought the selection of essay topics was odd.
3. The lack of an instant grading from the MBE. While doing the Kaplan 200 question midterm and final, I genuinely had no idea what to expect right before hitting "submit." There were certainly several handfuls of questions where I had to narrow it down to 2, and then guess. I ended up with a 127 on the Kaplan final. They implied that it was a decent score, but I really didn't feel confident that part of it wasn't sheer luck. I wonder how much luck I had on the real deal!