Preparing for the bar exam is not easy. There is a lot to manage during this process, including your health and well-being. To make it even more difficult, the pandemic has forced many states to administer the exam remotely. This has created a new set of challenges as students are now required to adjust their study habits for this new format. If you are one of the many students preparing for a remote bar exam in a few weeks, we want to increase your chances of success with the following guidance and tips.
Your testing location
Plan your space. Be intentional about where you will be when you take the exam. Consider noise levels, temperature, size, internet connection, and the possibility of interference from other humans or animals. Try to plan for all these things in advance.
Test your location. You should plan out and test your location before exam day. Study and take practice exams in the same setting to ensure there are no surprises. Test your lighting and webcam placement to ensure there are no issues as you will be proctored.
Set boundaries. If you live with others or anticipate someone coming into your testing location during the exam, try to communicate boundaries ahead of time. This may mean setting ‘do not disturb’ statuses, putting a sign on your door, covering the doorbell, disabling Facetime or other notifications, etc.
Research the software your jurisdiction will be using to take the exam. You may have to contact your state bar directly to get this information. Do so. The more knowledge you have, the better. In most jurisdictions, you should be able to take a “mock exam” to test out the software. This will be incredibly helpful for making you comfortable with the platform. On exam day, you want to be focused only on the law and answering questions, not on figuring out the software for the first time.
Make sure your hardware is up to date. Decide which computer you will be using for the test and make sure it is updated. Create a plan for any external requirements such as monitors, keyboard and mouse, webcam, etc. Practicing and studying on the same computer you take the exam on will help exam day feel more familiar.
Follow security and testing rules. Make sure you research all requirements for the exam ahead of time. This is a new process for many jurisdictions, and this means you might encounter unexpected rules. Double-checking this information will prevent confusion on exam day. There will be rules about the use of pencil and paper, bathroom breaks, the placement of your phone during the exam, and so on. Familiarize yourself with the rules in your jurisdiction to reduce additional stress.
Practice like you will take the test
Lastly, but most importantly, practice like you will take the test. This means practicing MBE questions online only. You should try to simulate the remote exam experience as much as possible as you are studying. Luckily for you, the AdaptiBar MBE Simulator and Prep program is already entirely online. AdaptiBar has many of the same features as your remote exam software. Use these features to develop your approach to MBE questions, and then carry this same approach into exam day.
Some of these features include:
- Digital scratch paper
- Scratch through
Practicing on the same computer you plan to test with and familiarizing yourself with these features through AdaptiBar will make exam day a much smoother experience. When preparing for a remote bar exam, try to reduce the differences between your studying experience and your testing experience. As always, the AdaptiBar Team is here to answer your questions. If you would like any additional guidance on using AdaptiBar’s feature to emulate the remote bar exam experience, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 877-466-1250. We are available 8am-8pm CST Monday-Friday.
Wishing you the best of luck! You got this!