The Bar Exam is now only a month and a half away. Although there is still plenty of time to prepare for the MBE, some of you may already be in panic mode. Don’t stress! Study smart and make the most of your time now, so that you can go into the exam with the confidence you need to pass.
Whether you are just starting your MBE prep or have been at it for a while now, keeping these study tips in mind will help you to use your time in the most efficient and effective way possible:
- Practice with licensed MBE questions ONLY! Licensed questions are the best representation of what you will see on the upcoming MBE because they are written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the organization that writes the exam. Scrap the simulated questions provided by your comprehensive course and focus solely on the questions in AdaptiBar’s database. With AdaptiBar, you have access to every licensed question available (1,530 total) which is more than enough needed to prepare. Generally speaking, we suggest answering a minimum of 1,300 questions and achieving an overall accuracy rate of 70% or higher in the program to be in a good position going into the exam.
- Print the NCBE’s MBE Subject Outline and use it to guide your preparation. It is extremely important to know how often each subtopic is tested on the MBE. That way you know which areas you absolutely need to perform well in. For example, approximately 50% of the Constitutional Law questions you will see on the exam will be in Individual Rights – so that is an area you need to be proficient in.
- Split your MBE practice questions into “stages”, or sets of 300-questions. After each stage, stop and look at your Subject Performance graph and Past Performance Table, then spend some time studying your outlines and/or watching the video lectures in your weak subtopics (e.g. Remedies). Do the same process after you’ve answered a total of 600 questions, 900 questions, 1200 questions, and so on. The point is to be constantly diagnosing your weakest areas, then studying those specific areas in your outlines in order to improve your accuracy rates. Be sure to answer questions mostly in Practice Questions mode, as this is the mode where the program’s patented adaptive technology is applied. As you answer questions, AdaptiBar constantly adapts to your studying needs. For additional information, please refer to the Preparation Guides available on our Contact page.
- Focus on the QUALITY with which you are answering questions, rather than the QUANTITY. Anyone can answer thousands of practice questions. What is more important is that you are fully reading the explanations and understanding why you answered a question incorrectly. To generate a report of all the questions you marked incorrect, click on Past Questions then fill out the form to generate the report. Review each question and fully understand why your response was incorrect.
- Manage your stress level. The stress that comes along with preparing for the bar exam is almost impossible to avoid, but there are ways that you can manage stress and reduce your chances of going into panic mode. First and foremost, make sure to breath. This may seem simple enough, but it can be something you forget to do when you become anxious. Taking frequent breaks from your studies, if even just to take a few deep breaths or quick walk, will help tremendously when you start to feel overwhelmed. Another effective stress reliever is to simply make taking care of your body a priority. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating right, and fitting in exercise as much as possible. The healthier you feel, the happier you will be.
Please feel free to contact the AdaptiBar Team at any time for additional program and preparation guidance. Study smart, and go into the exam with the confidence you need to pass.