Completing mock bar exams is not an easy task, but doing so is a critical component of preparing for the bar exam. Let’s take a look at just how important taking mock bar exams and reviewing sample answers is. We’ll also look at where you can find mock bar exams, so you can make the most of your time studying.
Importance of Mock Bar Exams
Practicing for the bar exam with actual past bar exam questions is essential to passing the bar exam. If you’re like most law students it’s been a while since you’ve seen a multiple choice exam—remember how fun the LSAT was?—so it’s critical to become familiar with this testing structure again.
Also, the structure and timing of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) will definitely be a new format for you, and you don’t want the first time you’re seeing it to be on the day of the bar exam. Trust me—you don’t want any surprises on the day of the bar!
By practicing for all three sections of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), you can get your timing down exactly right. And as you probably know, timing is critical on the bar exam. For example, on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) you have less than two minutes to answer each question. That’s not a lot of time, so practice is essential!
Finally, only by completing mock bar exams can you truly gauge your progress. Bar exam questions are designed to be difficult and will allow you to see if you are truly understanding the complex legal topics that are tested, or if you’ve just perfectly memorized your flashcards.
Now that you understand just how important practicing bar exam questions is, let’s take a look at where to find mock bar exams for each section of the UBE.
Where to Find Mock Bar Exams
If you’re in one of the UBE jurisdictions, you’re staring down three difficult tests—the MBE, MPT, and MEE. The MBE is worth half of your score so you should definitely plan to spend your study time accordingly, and complete lots and lots of MBE questions. However, you also need to incorporate MPT and MEE practice into your study schedule, so let’s review where you can find mock bar exams for each of the three sections.
One of the best places to find mock bar exams is the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) study aids store. They have MBE, MPT, and MEE practice questions and answers with explanations. I highly recommend reviewing every answer—even to questions you get right—to ensure you understand exactly why a particular answer is correct.
Be sure to complete full-length exams for each of the sections. (This means at least one, six-hour MBE test!) You need to build up your stamina for the two days of testing you’ll have to endure, and the only way to do that is through lots of practice.
In addition to the study aids store, you should plan to purchase a few books with practice questions and answers. Spend a little time choosing the best bar exam prep book for you and it will be worth its weight in gold!
Completing and reviewing mock bar exams is vital to passing the bar exam. Only by completing hours and hours of practice bar exam questions and reviewing sample answers can you be adequately prepared for the bar exam. So, although it may seem daunting, get out there and start practicing!
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