seeladyliv wrote:I've never posted here before but as someone who took a UBE bar exam last July and did not pass (by 11 point!) and redoing themis now, i thought i would offer my opinion. My essays and mpt (50% of my exam points) wasn't great (132) but it was fine considering some rules popped up i had never heard of and i had to make them up and i hadn't looked over crim law in over a week because i was confident i knew it and it wasn't likely to be on the exam (that bit me in the ass). anyways my MBE score was the real shocker (133) i had previously done pretty well on them but on the day of the exam i was EXHAUSTED. like many of you studying for two + months was killing me and i had gotten off directed study and was doing my own thing. i avoided doing too many MBEs at the end because i hated seeing my scores and just studied outlines. this was a mistake for me. i had not done a set of 200 MBEs before exam day and i had only done a set of 100 twice ( i mean sitting for a whole uninterrupted set). on exam day i was tired from months of studying, from crappy sleep worrying about my essays, and just general test anxiety that when i got to the second set of MBE's i was ready to just start guessing on them. I felt like i couldn't even read anymore and i think this caused me to really mess up my score. my advice, for whatever it's worth, practice at least one set of 200 mbe and maybe a couple 100 sets if you have time and try to get some sleep.
How did you do on MPTs? I've only done 4 so far (including the 2 in the simulated exam) and plan to look through the rest but it seems like a bit of a waste of time when I need to memorize more. But still Im afraid I should just spend a day doing the ones I missed...
Honestly, I feel like doing MPTs at this point is a huge time suck. Just know the generally important rules:
1) Objective or subjective tone
2) Audience - lay or legal
3) Organization is important - make headings
4) Look at the case dates/courts that they give you, including cases within cases
5) Format it correctly if it's a memo ("To: Assigning Partner,"etc)
6) Look at the statutes that matter (not all of them might matter)
7) Talk about the other side's arguments (downplay them more if it's a subjective piece of writing)
Don't know if I'm missing any, but these are the ones that come to mind. I feel that if you remember these they should be applicable the day of. It's just not worth it to do 3 hours of a MPT at this point.