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Five Study Tips to Succeed on the MBE

By January 19, 2022 No Comments
Five Study Tips to Succeed on the MBE

The February bar exam is right around the corner. Although there’s still plenty of time to prepare, some of you may be feeling your anxiety rise. If that’s the case, we’ve got your back. There are ways to refocus your efforts on performance and give your anxiety a break.

Whether you’re early in your MBE prep or have been at it for a while now, these study tips will help you use your time most effectively.

  1. Practice with licensed NCBE MBE questions.

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. AdaptiBar licenses nearly every question in our program directly from the NCBE, so you gain experience working with the same style and format of questions you see on the actual exam. 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.

  1. Use the MBE Subject Outline to guide your preparation. 

The best way to study efficiently for the MBE is to focus on the highly tested topics within each subject. The NCBE’s MBE Subject Matter Outline is a comprehensive breakdown of the subjects tested and the frequency each subtopic will occur on the MBE. For example, approximately 50% of the Constitutional Law questions you will see on the exam will be in Individual Rights, so you know that is an area you should be proficient in come exam day.

  1. Split your MBE practice questions into “stages.”

If you are a first-time taker, you should start the first stage by doing 50 questions in all subjects over the course of 10-12 days. If you’ve taken the exam before, simply answer the first 350 questions that the AdaptiBar algorithm presents based on your performance. Take your time answering each question and thoroughly read the explanations.

To diagnose your weaknesses, simply look under the Past Performance Table to see your progress in sets of 350 questions, or Subject Performance to view your overall performance statistics in all 7 subjects and 36 subtopics. Spend some time reviewing your outlines, flashcards, and/or watching the video lectures or animated video explanations (in Real Property) in your weakest subtopics. As you answer questions, the program monitors your performance and adjusts the presentation of questions to focus on your weaknesses without neglecting an area of strength.

For step-by-step instructions on how to maximize your use of AdaptiBar, see AdaptiBar’s Preparation Method.

  1. Focus on QUALITY rather than QUANTITY.

When preparing for the MBE, quality is far more important than quantity. Anyone can answer hundreds of practice questions, but answering them and fully understanding why you answered a question correctly or incorrectly is another story. AdaptiBar doesn’t just tell you whether you got a question correct or incorrect; the program provides detailed explanations and performance statistics per question. To generate a report of all the questions you marked incorrect, click on Past Questions and fill out the form to generate the report. Review each question and don’t move on to the next question until you fully understand why each answer choice is correct or incorrect.

  1. Embrace self-care.

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 feeling overwhelmed. First and foremost, make sure to breathe. This may seem simple enough, but it’s something many people don’t do well when they become anxious. Taking frequent breaks from studying, even if just to take a few deep breaths or a quick walk, will help tremendously when you start to feel anxious.

Another effective stress reliever is to simply make taking care of yourself a priority. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, and fitting in movement when you can. A healthy body supports a healthy mind!

Please feel free to contact the AdaptiBar Team at any time for additional program and preparation guidance. Study smart with AdaptiBar and go into the exam with the confidence you need to pass!




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