These are tricky for me too, but I know if I see the words "first recorded," it's either a race or race-notice statute. I literally zero in on the word "first" if I see it. If I see "good faith" or the more obvious "without notice" I know it's notice or race-notice. Those are the words I focus on, and if you see both sets, you've got a race-notice statute.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall Themis saying that notice and race-notice are the most heavily MBE tested recording acts.
This is a good method, I'm gonna try, it seems like this is one of the top topics tested in property (why? who the hell knows). And you're right, the property lecturer said that they mostly test between race-notice and notice statute, maybe because race statutes are easier to read and understand.