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NCBE Updates for February 2018

By September 26, 2017 June 13th, 2019 No Comments

AdaptiBar is in full swing for the February 2018 Bar Exam session. Our preparation for this session included making two important updates to our materials that came directly from changes released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The changes discussed here include two updates: (i) amendments to the Online Practice Exams 3 and 4 (OPEs) and (ii) the reorganization of Contracts in the Subject Matter Outline.

In case you didn’t know, the NCBE is the organization who writes each section of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), including the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Depending on your jurisdiction, you may take one or all of these tests as part of your state bar exam. There may also be components of your state bar examination written by the board of examiners in your state.

In order to help examinees prepare for the MBE, the NCBE includes several resources on their website. Two of these resources are the OPE exams and the Subject Matter Outline (SMO).

The OPEs are four exams, each consisting of 100 practice multiple choice questions, compiled from retired MBE questions which appeared on prior bar exams. These exams also come with answer explanations and are available for purchase on the NCBE’s website. All four of the exams are also included in AdaptiBar’s question bank, and can even be taken separately as full practice exams inside the program.

The SMO is an outline that indicates the scope of coverage on the MBE. The outline lists subjects, subtopics, and focused areas of law from which examiners draw questions from when writing the exam. The outline also allocates the percentages of how subtopics will be tested with a subject.

The Updates

(i) This session, AdaptiBar has updated its materials to include the amendments to OPEs 3 and 4. The NCBE officially announced the changes on their website in May. At the same time, the AdaptiBar legal team made the reported changes to the OPE exams in our question bank. OPEs 3 and 4 were originally published in 2011 and 2013, respectively. The updates include removal and replacement of outdated questions and additional explanation and clarification on some questions and answers.

(ii) AdaptiBar has also updated its SMO to match the changes made to the official NCBE Contracts SMO. The NCBE announced these changes on their website in August. The announcement explains to examinees that the changes are mostly a reorganization and reordering of the outline. No new areas of study have been added. The changes were made to provide more guidance and clearer expectations of the areas examinees should be prepared for. The updated SMO can be found on the NCBE website, as well as the AdaptiBar website.

Both of these changes are relatively minor. Examinees should not have to alter their preparation methods much to adjust to these changes. AdaptiBar users can be sure that they are prepping with the most up-to-date materials available. Join us to today, and know you’ll pass!

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