Many prospective students contact us wondering how to improve their Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) score. For those students, the MBE is the reason why they cannot overcome the bar exam. Their struggle with the questions stems from their inability to determine what skills they’re lacking to tackle the MBE. Is it memorization? Comprehension? Application? Timing? Practice? Some combination?
JD Advising has designed an MBE diagnostic test that will provide you with the ability to determine what you need to do differently to pass the MBE. JD Advising’s MBE Diagnostic Test is a test geared to uncover your strengths and your weaknesses. The test focuses on three primary skills: comprehension, memorization and application. Once you take the test, we will provide you with a comprehensive analysis in-person (or over the phone). During that analysis, we will tell you which of the three skills you need to work on. We will also answer any questions you have and help you come up with a schedule so that you can take the next step.
What is the MBE Diagnostic?
The MBE Diagnostic is a questionnaire that consists of three parts: a multiple-choice portion, and two short-answer portions. It also has a brief “introductory” section where we ask you to answer questions about any past experiences with the bar exam. The questionnaire poses questions on all seven MBE subjects.
It is untimed as it is designed to allow you to answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.
If you sign up for the MBE diagnostic, you can take it at our office in Birmingham, or anywhere you choose. We have had many students across the country take our MBE diagnostic in a library near them or in the comfort of their own home. If you are not located near our office, you will automatically receive an electronic copy of the MBE diagnostic upon purchase. You will be asked to hand write your answers under test like conditions, then scan the answers in to us.
We will then grade the exam and meet with you in person, on the phone, or online to discuss the results as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
The MBE Diagnostic will allow us to tell you:
- your strengths–that is, what you are good at what you should continue to develop
- whether you struggle primarily with comprehension
- whether you struggle primarily with memorization
- whether you struggle primarily with application of what you know to multiple-choice question
- if there are other things you should consider doing (e.g. to improve timing, general exam skills, etc.)
We also tell you tips for conquering each skill. For example, if you struggle with comprehension, we will tell you steps moving forward that you can focus on to make sure you comprehend the law. If you struggle with memorization, we will give you tips for memorizing material and advise you of what you need to focus on prior to diving into multiple-choice questions. We will also give you tips if you struggle primarily with application.
While other companies focus on the individual subjects students struggle with, this MBE diagnostic test focuses on what you need to do to improve your overall MBE score.
Frequently Asked Questions about the MBE Diagnostic
Why take the MBE Diagnostic?
For those who have previously taken the bar exam and failed as a result of the MBE portion of the exam, this test provides answers. This test pinpoints your weakness, and allows you to target that weakness in their subsequent preparation.
We also have some first-time takers who are unhappy with their simulated MBE exam score complete this diagnostic. It gives them direction. And it tells them how to focus their last few weeks or months of bar exam prep.
How long does the MBE Diagnostic take?
It is untimed. It takes most students between 2.5 and 3.5 hours to complete.
Where do I take the MBE Diagnostic?
You can take it at our office in Birmingham, MI, or at a location of your choosing, under test-like conditions.
How much does the MBE Diagnostic cost?
It is $249.99. You can purchase it here.
How long does the MBE Diagnostic take to grade?
We grade the diagnostic very quickly after receiving results (generally within 24-48 hours). We will then meet with you at an agreed-upon time (during the day or evening) to discuss the results. During the discussion we will tell you your strengths, as well as what you need to improve on and how you can improve on those skills. We will also help you come up with a study schedule and a plan to make sure that you are able to put our advice into practice.
How long is the meeting to go over the MBE Diagnostic?
It generally lasts around 30 minutes.
When should I take the the MBE Diagnostic?
We recommend taking it early on in your bar prep rather than later. If you sign up for it a week before the bar exam, the results will not help you nearly as much as if you signed up for it two months before.
How is this different than other MBE Diagnostics?
Many MBE diagnostics tell you which subject you struggle with—e.g., Real Property, Torts, Contracts, etc. We do not tell you which subject you struggle with.
We tell you what skill you need to work on to improve in all MBE areas. We then tell you how to master this skill.
Many students are surprised to see where they truly struggle. We have had a lot of students convinced that they have the material memorized and that they just need to work on application—and their MBE diagnostic shows the exact opposite. Because of their incorrect beliefs on what they needed to work on, many of these students failed not one but multiple bar exams. As soon as they understand the skill that truly needs the most work, they are able to prepare productively and pass the next exam.
How do I sign up for the MBE Diagnostic?
If you are interested in the MBE Diagnostic test, you can purchase it here.
Do you offer private tutoring services or other services for students struggling on the MBE?
Yes! If you have taken the bar exam more than once, and are looking for private tutoring, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We offer bar exam tutoring, bar exam essay feedback, and multiple-choice (MBE) assistance to students nationwide. In addition, we offer private tutoring for several state bar exams as well as the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). We also offer many other options if you are taking the UBE (MEE one-sheets, an MEE seminar, an MEE course, among others!).
Ashley Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam. She, as well as a team of tutors offer private one-on-one tutoring for bar exam students nationwide as well as small-group courses and seminars for the Michigan bar exam. For more information about her Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) or Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) tutoring services, please click here. Please click here to contact her company, with any questions or concerns.