Thebariscoming wrote:dans1006 wrote:Ken Kesey wrote:Practice MBE: 165
Actual scaled MBE: 175
Yes lower scores get larger bumps, that's how scaling works on normal distributions.
Hey, do you mind sharing your preparation strategies with us? I am retaking the GA bar this February and I'd appreciate any tips and advice on doing well on the MBE.
So i'll lay out what I did during my study process first, my philosophy, and my personal attributes.
I used BarBri (absolutely not necessary, imo if I were paying and not my firm I'd choose a much cheaper option), I did generally all the online suggested problems sets of 20-25 ish until about set 5. None of the additional problems in the book.
BarBri progressively used more obscure questions at set 5 and on. Obscure enough that I would probably get 50% right when I usually would get 70-80% right. In my opinion it's worthless to try to master more obscure MBE questions because those ideas just aren't tested enough. Instead of continuing to do problems I just review the condensed outlines, for BarBri that was the Conviser Mini Review (CMR). The CMRs are generally short enough that if you go over them enough you can have pretty good mastery over them. The full blown outlines were too long and I only opened them up if I didn't understand what the CMR was saying. A few subjects were too long though, I think contracts and real property CMR outlines were still too long to master 100%. It's just like a good law school outline, imo it should absolutely be fewer than 50 ish pages.
The MBE is an ridiculously confusing and tricky test. So I think your state of mind is essential. It's really hard to not feel like an idiot and like you failed because there will be ridiculous questions. I honestly was probably 100% sure about 30-40% and the rest did a second reading then just went with my gut. You just have to rely on your intuition and move on. Even with my high score I was generally guessing/relying on my gut for over half the questions. That means you can't let your emotions or uneasiness affect you at all. Honestly when I was taking it, I was just calm and had DGAF attitude.
A couple of personal advantages I have that helped me. I did really well 1L year and mastered those mostly MBE subjects in advance. I have a really great memory so I remembered a lot from 1L and can retain information really well. I can also read very fast. Much faster than a typical law student. I left the MBE at least an hour early., purely because I read so fast and just didn't second guess my answers.
My summary: (1) master the 80% leave the 20% and (2) control your emotions/state of mind. If you have problems with (2) during exams look into meditation type things, completely underrated imo.