Nikip_1115 wrote:This is my first time posting. I passed Florida part A on my first attempt and this is my second time failing the MBE. I have no idea how to study for July. I thought I nailed it.
I took Barbri, I was testing at 72/100. I completed over 2000 Mc questions including 2 tsets from ncbe. At this point I feel like I don't know anything. I even finished with time to spare, so time management isn't an issue.
Taking this test a 3rd time is just exhausting. And on top of that I can't bare lettering my family down yet again. I know mental state is everything and by June I will be back prepared but right now I just need suggestions please.
I now have more Barbri questions, critical pass cards and celebration testing material. Should I take both part A and B so that I can possibly pass with the overall method or should I just go for mbe only?
If you don’t mind my asking, what was your score on the MBE this time? With a 72/100 on Barbri, and 2,000 practice questions, it sounds like you should have been in very good shape for the actual exam. Do you think there were 1 or 2 subjects that you were struggling with much more than the others? Does Florida provide a breakdown of your MBE score by subject?
I took Parts A and B for the first time in Feb, but I focused my studying on the MBE. I was also working full-time while I was studying, so my schedule was a bit different (I started early).
Here is what I did for the MBE: Every weekend, I basically retyped an entire CMR outline. It may sound like a complete waste of time, but it was very helpful for me to learn the black letter law, and basically the only studying of the black letter law that I did at all. When you sit there and actually type it out, I think it helps you internalize and forces you to actually work through the rules, rather than just passively reading the outlines. The act of typing out the outlines was the most useful part, rather than the finished outline itself. I would listen to the lectures on my commute to work for reinforcement. After I finished the outline, I would start doing MBE questions. I would spend the week when I got home from work doing as many Barbri MBE questions as I could, and most importantly, I read the explanations thoroughly. If there was a question that got me, I would go back into my retyped CMR outline and add a note about it. This worked out well for me.
Ultimately, I am not sure how many MBE questions I did – probably about 1,700 total? As others have posted, doing MBE questions and reading the explanation is the most important prep you can do for the MBE. I did not use Adaptibar, but I did buy the Emanuel’s book (also has only real MBE questions—the book was like $70, but then I sold it back to Amazon and got a $20 credit, so it ended up being like $50), because I got nervous about what everyone was saying about the Barbri questions being very different from the actual MBE. I know I am in the minority here, but I actually did not notice much of a difference.
Anyway, I agree with earlier posts advising you to take only Part B this time. There are so many additional topics that you have to know for Part A (and the examiners are testing very nitpicky things—you run the risk of, like, an entire essay on juvenile delinquency—who even knows anything about that). With the MBE, you only need to be prepared for questions in a few defined areas. Do not waste brain space on things like Florida procedure and wills. Further, the bar exam is just so exhausting—you will be in a much better position if you are well rested, rather than recovering from Part A the day before.
Please do not be discouraged. You can do this! You’ve already passed Part A, which, to be honest, I think is a more difficult exam than the MBE (making sense of those horribly written FL multiple choice questions is an accomplishment in itself!). You’ve got what it takes to pass; it sounds like you just need to adjust your strategy a bit.