The MPT Exam: Strategies to Get the Most Points

The MPT exam is an important part of the Bar Exam. But many students simply do not give it the amount of study and practice time that it deserves – and requires.

True, you don’t have to memorize law for this portion of the exam. It is given to you. Because of this one fact, people underestimate the importance of preparation. But here’s the thing about the MPT exam: If you don’t practice enough, it is sure to bring you down. Read on for strategies to prepare and get the most points on the MPT.

MPT Exam Strategy #1: Time Management

Time management is of critical importance on the MPT. Without timed practice, it is extremely easy to get lost in all the information given to you. Imagine opening the packet and seeing a large library full of materials to sift through, without having a tried and true strategy. Practice enough that taking this part of the exam under timed circumstances becomes second nature.

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MPT Exam Strategy #2: Create a Method That Works For You

Every student is different. You will find plenty of suggestions about how to best go about completing an MPT task. Great! These are tips from people (like me) who have survived and passed the Bar Exam. So it is definitely worth it to read over and consider all of the suggestions that are out there.

But after getting a healthy dose of suggestions, take things into your own hands. You have a testing phase. It’s called the study period. Since there is no law to study for the MPT, use this time to create your method. Incorporate the suggestions you’ve read and see how they work for you. You’ll find some that work extraordinarily well, and others that don’t work as well for you.

So dedicate enough study time to finding your best, most streamlined approach to tackling MPT exam questions. And then once you’ve created your method…

MPT Exam Strategy #3: Practice, Practice, Practice!

During timed practice sessions you will be able to fine tune what works for you and what doesn’t. Use point sheets and sample answers to “grade” yourself after completing a timed MPT section.

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MPT Exam Strategy #4: Analyze

Analyze what worked for you, and what didn’t. If you missed some important issues, why did you miss them? Did you run out of time? Did you not read the materials closely enough? Was your outline too messy to read? Did you highlight everything in the packet so that nothing ended up standing out when it came time to write your analysis?

Every time you take a timed practice MPT section, go through this analysis. You should arrive at a comfortable place, where you know how to best address an MPT question, and write a good answer that will get you lots of extra points!

When you read through the task on your actual exam day, you don’t want to be thinking, “Oh no! How do I do this?” Instead, you’ll want to think, “OK, so here we go again!” Your goal is to become intimately acquainted with the MPT.

The MPT exam is not about memorization. It is a skill – and you get good at skills through practice. So practice taking timed MPT sections until you have mastered that skill. Be prepared, and you’ll walk home with the gold!

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  • Dawne DuCarpe

    Dawne received a Double Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After having three children and raising them at home for a decade, she went to law school and graduated Cum Laude in 2007. After years of criminal law practice, she stepped back to homeschool her boys through High School. When she is not schooling her kids, writing novels on the criminal justice system, or writing for Magoosh, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband and kids having fun!

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