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What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE?

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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.

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What does my MBE Score Mean?

mbe score mean, take the MPT seriouslyWhat does my MBE score mean? You Multistate Bar Exam score (MBE score) is the score you receive on the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam.

States no longer release “raw” scores. So you won’t see the actual number (currently out of 190 scored questions) of questions that you answered correctly. Rather, you will just see the “scaled” number. (The National Conference of Bar Examiners—NCBE—no longer releases how they “scale” scores, however, if you want some idea, see this post. It will tell you how your raw score compares with your scaled score using past statistical data.) Continue reading

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Changes to Evidence on the MBE — Hearsay will be tested less — And Relevancy will be tested way more!

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

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Another Change to the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The Multistate Bar Exam is composed of 200 questions. 190 of the 200 questions are currently scored. ANd how to write an MEE answer, civil procedure MBE, bar exam, MBE questionscurrently, 10 of those questions are unscored “test questions” that are indistinguishable from the “real” questions. Thus, there are 27 questions in six of the MBE subjects (Civil Procedure, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Real Property, and Torts) that are scored, and 28 questions in Contracts and Sales that are scored. Continue reading

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Did You See Some Weird Zoning Problems on the MBE? Here’s Why…

JD AdvisingMany 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

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How Much is the Multiple-Choice Portion of the Bar Exam Worth?

Multiple choice questions on law school examsHow 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

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What are the Best MBE Questions?

Ashley-Heidemann-Profile-382x356Many students ask me “What are the best MBE questions?” The best MBE questions do not necessarily come from Kaplan or Barbri.  In fact, we think that the best MBE questions come from other sources.

We strongly believe that the best MBE questions are actual released bar exam questions. Why complete questions that are made up by a course when you can get actual questions? We always recommend that students focus on the actual bar exam multiple-choice questions then use their course’s multiple-choice questions as a back-up resource. Continue reading

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Why is the Average MBE Scaled Score for the February 2015 bar exam so low?

bar examWhy 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

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Improve Your Bar Exam Multiple Choice Score on the Bar Exam

JD AdvisingAre 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

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Changes to the Bar Exam in 2015

Ashley-Heidemann-Profile-1The National Conference of Bar Examiners has announced that there will be changes to the bar exam in 2015. The multistate bar exam will test Civil Procedure. The multistate essay exam will use the same Civil Procedure outline that is used for the multistate bar exam in 2015. Additionally, Negotiable Instruments will no longer be tested on the multistate essay exam. This post provides further detail about these changes.  Continue reading

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How to Attack Civil Procedure on the MBE

bar examHow 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

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