DueProcessDoWheelies wrote:So I failed. By 16 points. I'm not even upset, I'm really just angry and frustrated. I put a ridiculous amount of time and effort into this and gave it my all on all 3 days. The MBE killed me but I have no idea what went wrong in the other areas.
Essays- I got a 141 on the essays. I scored above the 50th percentile on 5/6 of the AM essays. Didn't do as well on the PM ones, except for O&G which I got in the 93rd %ile. Absolutely bombed the last UCC essay and the community property essay, somehow. I wasn't feeling great about those essays but I sure didn't feel terrible either. And I somehow scored way better on that weird M&M lien question for property, and I 100% guessed that entire answer. Not as worried about the essays in February because I consider that my strength.
MPT- 120. I have NO idea what happened here. None. I finished that thing with 5 minutes to spare and was thinking "nailed it!" when it was over. I thought I hit every point and articulated everything well. And I got a 120. The 3rd ****ing percentile! I have absolutely no idea how that happened. This was nothing like the MBE where I felt awful afterward. I wrote everything out in layman-friendly language, I cited the appropriate authorities and explained why they were relevant, I IRAC'd perfectly, and I came to a clear conclusion. I'm at a loss for words.
P/E- 130. Not sure what happened here either. In June I read something about how it's important to know this stuff down cold. So I did a practice test (almost) every day up until exam week. Again, I felt good. I found the Civil portion to be easy and only came across maybe 2 questions where I had to guess. Crim was harder. I got in the mid 30s %ile for Civ and 20th for Crim. I overprepared for this and even bought Barbri's supplemental program thing because I went to school out of state. Again, I felt good after day 1.
MBE- 125.9. 20th percentile. Ugh. What a miserable experience. The MBE was so laughably hard. Nothing felt correct. There were maybe 10-20 questions that were "easy." There were like 2 obscure questions I knew because of Barbri but I felt pretty unprepared for the rest of it, and I agonized over that stupid "pull the chair out from under him" question. I got 101 on the Barbri midterm and 50 on the refresher. But otherwise I was hitting 60-70% on the other sets and was feeling much more confident later on. I thought I would at least do well enough to pass. I finished with time to spare for both AM & PM. I don't remember a string of Ds but I do remember lots of D & B answers in the AM. What's funny is I maybe could have passed if my Day 1 went better. This destroyed my confidence because I just don't know how to prepare more for this. Every question was so tricky and all I did was narrow it down to 2 answers and then be forced to pick one because of time. I hate the MBE.
I've been reading that spreadsheet and noticed that for almost everyone who failed, they had some kind of reason (didn't start studying until July, married w/kids, full-time job, neglected X area of study big time)... but I have none of those reasons. I studied like a mother****er all summer long. I did TONS of practice essays and P/E tests and probably did like 1600 or so MBE practice questions. I have no idea how I can prepare differently for Feb except maybe do way more MBE questions. I'm also working, so I won't have as much time. This should be so much fun
I got a 126 on the Barbri midterm and 157 on the real thing. Being extremely anal, I kept track during the test and counted 90/200 I was at least pretty sure about, and the rest were guesses between at least two possible correct answers. I felt that the MBE was a mind-reading test. The unfortunate thing is I can't tell you how I got a 150+, and I have no absolutely no confidence that if I had to do it again I would do as well or even pass -- that's how much of a shit show it felt. Although my Barbri midterm was a bit better than yours, I was averaging the same as you on the other sets (or maybe less -- I was always in the low 60s except for evidence). The only extra thing I did was get the Emanuel book and do every single question in it cover to cover. Maybe that might help you, since Emanuel's was quite different from Barbri's questions. But the real MBE, Barbri, and Emanuel questions each felt distinctively different.
In your case, I feel like you were so close to passing that you may have to accept that it may have been down to dumb bad luck. I passed with a 750 overall, but if you really break down the numbers, 1) my essay scores were only marginally better than yours, 2) you were hurt by the sheer capriciousness of MPT, 3) you didn't read the MBE test maker's minds as well as some other people. All in all, you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. I have faith that all that separates you from passing is just another try.