rawrab wrote:ugh I'm getting really annoyed doing to Barbri sets because there can be like 5 issues in one question and you have to go through an insane analysis to reach the "most correct" answer. I'm using adaptibar too and I'm finding it much for helpful in terms of actually learning anything from doing mbe practice questions instead of just being like wtf when doing barbri sets.
You find adaptibar worth it? I am about to suck it up and just sign up for it, because BarBri's questions are fucking insane and if people are saying they are unrepresentative, I want exposure to more realistic questions.
I have some bad news for you guys. The MBE questions on Themis are exactly as atrocious as the BarBri questions described in the OP.
I'm actually very thankful for this thread, because the OP puts into words what I have been struggling to do for a long time. I get really, really angry taking practice questions where I know
the correct rule, but for unrelated reasons, usually due to the stupidity of the question's confusing phrasing, I get the answer wrong.
Here are my two most hated question formats:
[Question involving legal tests A, B, C, D]
- wrong outcome, answer based on reason A which does not properly apply
- correct outcome, but answer hinges on reason A, which does not apply.
- correct outcome, answer hinges on reason B, which does apply
- correct outcome, answer hinges on reasons C and D, which also apply
Reason B is the simplest reason for the outcome, so we choose answer B, even though you are correct to note that reasons C and D are also outcome determinative.
And this one, which I often disagree with on principle when taking practice tests, even though I know in my heart which answer the authors want me to select:
A, clearly wrong
B, clearly wrong
C, probably wrong
D, super broad statement that does not seem even remotely specific enough to constitute a correct answer
Examples of answer D include "Because 4th Amendment," or "because the Constitution does not allow discrimination." On any other day of the goddamn week, if you chose this answer, the MBE author would tell you it's wrong for being over-encompassing and too black and white. But it's the only answer that even possibly could not be wrong, so based on it's not-100%-wrongness, it becomes the "correct" answer.