What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE?
What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE? In August 2015, the NCBE announced on its website that it would be making changes to how Real Property is tested on the MBE and MEE beginning with the February 2017 administration. Regardless of whether you are taking the exam for the first time or whether you are retaking the exam, there will be new topics to learn. Below we explain some of the major changes you will encounter on the exam.
Changes to Evidence on the MBE: Hearsay will be tested less! Without so much as an announcement, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) suddenly changed the amount of scored questions that would appear on the MBE. Instead of the standard 190 scored questions (with ten “test” questions that remained unscored), they are now going to score only 175 of the 200 questions. Thus, in 2017, there will be 25 “test” questions.
Before, there were 27 questions on six of the seven MBE subjects (Evidence, Real Property, Torts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Civil Procedure) and 28 questions on Contracts & Sales. In 2017, there will be 25 questions on each of the seven subjects.
Okay, great. So, that’s it? No!
The NCBE also changed the proportion of topics that would be tested on the Evidence portion of the MBE. Continue reading
Many students who took the February 2016 bar exam complained of seeing “some random zoning problems on the MBE” or “some words and phrases I’ve never heard of before.”
These random questions and the novel strange legal vocabulary that was apparently used in some questions on the multistate bar exam questions for the February 2016 bar exam is causing quite a bit of anxiety in some students who are still feeling anxious about bar exam results and can’t help but wonder if they prepared enough for the bar exam or if they passed or if they are going crazy.
If you feel this way, then this announcement by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) — the organization that writes the multiple-choice questions — may help explain why (and ease your anxiety). Continue reading
How much is the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam worth?
Many students who struggle with the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam wonder what percentage of their overall bar exam score the multiple-choice portion is worth.
As of the writing of this post, most states make the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam worth 50% of an applicant’s overall bar exam score. Some states, however, make the multiple-choice portion (MBE) worth less. For example, Pennsylvania states that the MBE is worth 45% of an applicant’s bar exam score. Continue reading
Why is the Average MBE Scaled Score for the February 2015 bar exam so low?
We have received some inquiries regarding multistate bar exam results after Pennsylvania released statistics that stated that the average multistate bar exam (MBE) scaled score for the February 2015 bar exam was 136.17. This may seem low, especially after the mean scaled multistate bar exam score for the July 2014 bar exam dropped a few points from 144.3 to 141.5 and caused a stir in the legal community.
However, upon closer inspection, it appears that a score of 136.17 is statistically in line with typical February bar exam results. In the past ten years, the mean scaled score for the February bar exam ranged from 135.7 to 138.6 with the average being 137.37. Continue reading
Are you Looking to Improve your Bar Exam Multiple Choice Score?
The bar exam is less than a month away and many students still find themselves looking for ways to improve their bar exam multiple choice score. One way to improve your score on the multiple choice portion of the bar exam is to use actual released bar exam questions.
There are many sources of actual released bar exam questions.
One source is the NCBE website: You can take the four 100-question exams found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBEX) website. Each exam costs $50.00 to purchase. You will receive online access to the exams you purchase for one year after the purchase date. It is well worth your money to purchase all four exams because each exam is composed of actual released questions from past bar exams. Continue reading
How to Attack Civil Procedure on the MBE
Civil Procedure is being added to the Multistate Bar exam starting February 2015. This means that out of 200 questions, there will be 27 graded Civil Procedure questions on the multistate bar exam.
How do you prepare for Civil Procedure on the MBE?
Step One: Learn The Law You Need to Know by Studying Smart.
We know you have seven MBE subjects to prepare for. It is simply not realistic for you to learn every nuance of every law. So instead of trying to memorize every detail, focus your studies on the most highly-tested areas of law.
How do you know what is most highly-tested?The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which is responsible for writing the exam, gives some guidance as to what you should expect. For example, the NCBE reveals that “Approximately two-thirds of the Civil Procedure questions on the MBE will be based on categories I, III, and V,” in the subject matter outline that it posts – “and approximately one-third will be based on the remaining categories II, IV, VI, and VII.” Continue reading