Let me share my story.
I sat at UBE jurisdiction. I failed July 2016 and PASSED ON February 2017.
1) It needs to realize that Bar exam is similar to other prep exams like LSAT where Bar examiners make one section harder and other section easier. Reviewing prior MPTs and MEEs from prior exams would give your hint. So, you have to predict what sections are difficult or what sections are easier.
2) I took Barbri for both exams. One word on Barbri. I failed at the first time b/c I spent a lot of time on workshops and lectures and doing outlines. It is just WASTE OF TIME. However, I used Barbri's method for MPT, CALLDRT (client, audience, legal problem, limited instructions, type of document) b/c it saved time to focus on what type of document needs to prepare and on what I must concentrate when I get to library.
3) I must give credit to bar prep instructors from my law school and one of them really helped to tackle on second try. One of them actually set up my schedule and told me how to tackle MPT and MEE. MBE was my strongest section so there is not a lot of changes I made for preparation on second time.
I looked for job during preparation for second time, so I studied 3 hours on weekday when 1 hour was for MBE and 2 hours for MEE; 5-6 hours on Saturday when I spent that time only for MPT. On Sunday, 8-10 hours, I spent time on MBE and MEE.
Based on my instructor's advice, I bought MPT Point Sheets from previous exams on ncbex.org. They were great and helped me a lot to improve score. After practicing each exam, I reviewed Point Sheets and wrote for each MPT, what I missed that helped me to concentrate on required points and improved my score. Then, I made chart of summary noting whether MPT was difficult or not, what makes difficult and what I missed. I did 10-11 tests.
MBE was my greatest section so I did not make too much changes when I prep'd for second time. I did all practice sections for each subject at Barbri MBE book. Then, I started to do mixed subjects and then, repeated Simulated Exam and did Full Time exam on MBE Barbri book and MBE 100 questions refresher. I did not rely too much on scores for practice exams b/c I repeated them. However, on real exam, I went down by a couple of points in comparison from July exam.
MEE was my weakest section and I spent most of time on it. Following my instructor's advice, I outlined answers from MEE Barbri book for each subject essay. Then, after each 5 essays, I did full test on my own and then compared my answer with outline of answers and full answer from Barbri book. I remember that I did a few full tests. I did all essays at Barbri book. After I took February exam, I decided to start prepare b/c based on my predictions, July 2017, MEE would be difficult, MBE would be easiest and MPT would be between (February 2017-MBE was most difficult, MEE was between and MPT was easiest). This time, I did table and on one column, I put summary of facts; and on other column, I wrote a law and I did not use Barbri book but used MEE previous tests from ncbex.org.
While preparing for February 2017, however, biggest problem that I had that I prepared for February exam was committing a memory to remember law and last week was just crazy for me b/c I thought I would not be able to review all subjects for MEE. I also used MEE 2007 Barbri book for MEE subjects (Ks, Torts, CivPro and etc) since there is not a lot of prior exams for those subjects for practice.
P.S. Tip for July 2017 examinees-my predictions what subjects would be on exam-T/E and Wills, Criminal Law, FRCP, Crim Pro, Evidence, Partnership, Real Property, and Secured Transactions and Family Law-predictions based on frequency subject chart given by Barbri.
GOOD LUCK ALL OF YOU and thanks for reading it.