thewait17 wrote:Yeah, have to agree. I was so worried about the MBE that I spent nearly no time on the essays for 3/4 of my bar prep. So, I freaked out about 1-2 weeks out from the exam and started cramming for essays. I completely regret doing this and really wish I would have just kept going with the MBE practice. I was scoring 60-65% on practice MBEs, but did a bit lower on the simulated (114/200). I'm just hoping I actually did enough to boost me to that 266.
Speaking strictly from the numbers I have seen here, from personal experience and other anecdotal evidence, if you scored 114 on the simulated MBE (a 57% for those scoring at home) and you were generally scoring 60-65% in practice I would have every reason to believe that you scored somewhere near 60% on the actual test (it also appears many - not all - out perform their BarBri simulated MBE as well, often times by a considerable amount).
What is also worth noting is that you can have unequal parts of your test. For instance, if you score 136 on the essays you can score 130 on the MBE (or vice-versa) the goal is to score a scaled score of 266 (for IL) I know it is relatively similar in many other jurisdictions.
For me, because I had level to go off of, that is how I gamed my studying. In Michigan they provide you with your scaled scores for both essay and MBE (essays they even did raw score by essay which was nice). As I knew the Michigan essays were nothing similar to Illinois I basically threw that score out (other than it was reinforcement that I know how to write a bar exam essay) so I started with my 141 scaled MBE score - far from "great" but comfortably within "passing." I felt that I could replicate that score without having to do anything crazy as I put in very limited effort the first time so the goal was really to "maintain or improve" my 141 knowing that if I could do so my essays would need to reach the threshold of the 20th percentile (or lower) and still pass. My limited time was spent listening to MBE lectures and doing BarMax questions, I definitely did more questions this second time and got through the lectures faster the second time (allowing me to listen to certain lectures and 2nd and 3rd time). The first time I did questions (about 200 of them...yeah I know not nearly enough) I did them in groups of 30 hoping to score 66% (20/30) I usually scored between 50s% to into the 60s% and ultimately got my 141 scaled. This time around I did far more questions and was routinely scoring in the 60s and into the 70s while hitting 80% on a set about a week before the bar. I think this focus on MBE, more time with questions, more review of questions/answers definitely helped and I have every reason to believe that I stayed very close to 141 (I even remind myself that my MBE could DROP and I still would be "banking points" for a potential bad essay section). I honestly felt fine with the essays, I doubt any perfect scores, but outside of the one corporation question I felt like I knew a general rule and could write a logical and structured answer, the MPT was right in my wheel house for writing so in many respects I feel very confident...but you just dont KNOW until you KNOW.