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The step-by-step instructions below detail the best way to prepare using AdaptiBar as your supplemental MBE preparation program. Follow these steps to ensure you use AdaptiBar to its full potential and achieve your best MBE score.  As always, keep in mind that AdaptiBar is a self-study program and you may find a different study method to be effective. Each student’s needs and time in which he/she is preparing for the MBE differs, therefore the following is a suggested route to help you get started and stay on track.

  • Before you begin answering questions, thoroughly review your outlines (provided by your comprehensive course, e.g. BarBri, or personal tutor) for each subject.
  • Stage 1: AdaptiBar recommends dividing the program into “stages”, or sets of 300 questions, and allowing yourself time to study after you complete each stage. After you reviewed your outlines, begin answering questions in Practice Questions mode only. In this mode, the patented adaptive technology is applied. As you answer questions, the program constantly monitors your performance and adjusts the presentation of questions to focus on your weaknesses without neglecting an area of strength. This is by far the most effective way to practice questions, as you can be confident that each question presented to you is based on your current accuracy rates and real-time performance statistics.
    • Take the time to answer about 50 questions in each subject (totaling 300 questions). First-time Takers should focus on one subject (e.g. Contracts) at a time. Repeaters may include all six subjects.
    • Focus on the quality in which you are answering the questions rather than the quantity.
    • You should be able to complete Stage 1 over the course of about 10-14 days.
  • After completing Stage 1, check your Subject Performance & Benchmarks graph and expand all 6 subjects to view your performance in each of the 34 subtopics. At this time, you should be able to identify about 18-20 weak subtopics.
    • Generally speaking, we recommend achieving an overall accuracy rate of at minimum 70% to be in a good position going into the exam. Anything below a 70% can be considered a “weakness”.
    • Spend a day or two studying each weak area by reviewing your outlines, Smart Online Flashcards, and/or watching the Online Video Lectures.
  • Stage 2: Moving forward, keep answering questions in Practice Questions mode only, but now have all 6 subjects selected.
    • After completing Stage 2 (total of 600 questions answered), stop and check the Past Performance Table to compare your performance from the first stage (Questions 1-300) to the second stage (Questions 301-600).
      • The Past Performance Table will clearly show you any increases and decreases in your scores.
      • Ideally, you will now be able to narrow your list of weak subtopics down to about 12-14.
      • At this time, we recommend generating a Past Questions report of all the questions you answered incorrectly in the past stage. Print the report out and thoroughly review each question and explanation again.
        • The Past Performance Table will clearly indicate the start and end date of Stage 2. Enter those dates when creating the Past Questions report to target Stage 2 questions only, if desired.
        • Make sure you fully understand exactly why your response was incorrect and, more importantly, why the correct response is correct.
        • The explanation will explain everything you needed to know. Memorize it.
    • Next, go to the Subject Performance & Benchmarks graph to view your overall performance (Questions 1 – 600) and note your weakest subtopics.
    • After Stage 2, study each area and then continue to answer questions in Practice Questions mode with all six subjects selected.
  • Do the same process after Stage 3, 4, and so on. Be sure to study your weak subtopics after each stage. The point here is to be constantly diagnosing your weaknesses to determine which areas you should be studying. Hopefully, your studying pays off and your list of weaknesses shrinks as you progress to each stage.
  • Near the end of your preparation, you may want to simulate real-exam conditions in Practice Exams mode. (AdaptiBar typically recommends this for first-time takers only, as Repeaters already know what it’s like to answer 100-quesitons in one sitting.
    • Option 1: Create a customized 100-question exam with all 6 subjects selected.
    • Option 2: Take one of the NCBE Online Practice Exams (OPEs) 1-4.

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  • Refer to the Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of AdaptiBar for details on each program feature and setting option.
  • Generally speaking, we suggest answering a minimum of 1,300 questions and achieving an overall accuracy rate of at least 70% to be in a good position going into the exam.
  • Again, it is important that a majority of your preparation is done in Practice Questions mode as this is where the adaptive technology is applied. Practice Exams mode is meant to be used near the end of your preparation to simulate real-exam conditions.
  • When answering questions, be sure to take the time and fully read and understand each explanation for the questions you answer incorrectly. It is important to understand why your response was incorrect but more importantly why the correct response is correct so you may apply that knowledge on future questions.
  • Make sure to check out the MBE Subject Outline provided by the NCBE so that you are aware of how often each subtopic is tested on the exam (e.g. Individual Rights is approximately 50% of all Con Law questions.)
  • Consider upgrading to AdaptiBar’s Online Video Lectures presented by MBE Expert, Professor Jonathan Grossman. In 3-3.5 hours per subject, Professor Grossman covers everything you need to know while remaining clear and focused.

Best of luck with your studies!

Written by The AdaptiBar Team
AdaptiBar is the only Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) bar prep provider to combine 100 percent of the licensed questions from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) with patented adaptive technology that tracks performance and targets weaknesses, yielding the most efficient and personalized study experience available. The program is designed for each individual to customize their learning and refine internal timing by simulating real-life conditions of the bar exam. Since 2003, AdaptiBar’s dedicated team of lawyers, technology experts, and customer service specialists have provided thousands of law students and lawyers in every jurisdiction in the United States, and more than 50 countries, with the tools and confidence they need to pass the MBE.

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