Alternative MBE Study Options?

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Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby lexingtonhr » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:11 pm

Hey guys, other than AdaptiBar, Critical Flash cards and Strategies and Tactics, what other form of MBE practice is helpful for you? I'm taking the Ca bar & the MBE's in July were atrocious. I feel like I need more challenging questions. Which has been helpful for you?

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby Cop2lawyerNYC » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:05 pm

lexingtonhr wrote:Hey guys, other than AdaptiBar, Critical Flash cards and Strategies and Tactics, what other form of MBE practice is helpful for you? I'm taking the Ca bar & the MBE's in July were atrocious. I feel like I need more challenging questions. Which has been helpful for you?


All of the above that you mentioned use NCBE questions. If you want hard questions then I suggest Barbri. I did Barbri and read their big book. I got a 168 on this past July’s MBE

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby lexingtonhr » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:05 pm

Cop2lawyerNYC wrote:
lexingtonhr wrote:Hey guys, other than AdaptiBar, Critical Flash cards and Strategies and Tactics, what other form of MBE practice is helpful for you? I'm taking the Ca bar & the MBE's in July were atrocious. I feel like I need more challenging questions. Which has been helpful for you?


All of the above that you mentioned use NCBE questions. If you want hard questions then I suggest Barbri. I did Barbri and read their big book. I got a 168 on this past July’s MBE



Oh, nice! Thank you!

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby Nightcrawler » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:23 pm

People also tend to like Kaplan's MBE simulated questions. The problem with simulated questions like these or Barbri is that they don't sound similar (you can tell it's different people writing them). The good thing is that they test a lot of rules tested in the MBE. Some people only prepare on simulated questions and they pass, some fail. Some people only prepare with NCBE questions. Some pass and some fail. It doesn't matter what you use, as long as you do as many questions as possible and understand your mistakes (and average at least 70%).

They both have their own advantages and ideally you should use a bit of both. I would still tend to use more the simulated ones because they also train you to the style of questions that you will see, not just the substantive law.

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby Cop2lawyerNYC » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:11 am

To add to Nightcrawler...do not fight the questions. Even if they seem nitpicky or far-fetched. In the beginning when I was getting my ass kicked with the Barbri questions (~50% correct) I would always say to myself that the questions are BS; the MBE will never go this deep or test this nuance...guess what? they did

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby Nightcrawler » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:08 pm

Cop2lawyerNYC wrote:To add to Nightcrawler...do not fight the questions. Even if they seem nitpicky or far-fetched. In the beginning when I was getting my ass kicked with the Barbri questions (~50% correct) I would always say to myself that the questions are BS; the MBE will never go this deep or test this nuance...guess what? they did


Agree. Not only that, they would go even deeper and, even with a really good prep, you will have many WTF moments during the MBE.

Still remember a few tries ago I thought I prepared fairly well (lol) and the whole MBE apart from maybe 20 questions was a huge WTF moment. Terrible.

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby Law&coffee » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:31 pm

I personally used Critical Pass and Strategies & Tactics.
Critical Pass is very good - it's like the Convisor in flash card form (referral link for $$ off - https://criticalpass.refr.cc/7LQ8X4Z). I would use it in conjunction with practice MBE questions from Barbri. Strategies & Tactics has good tips as well as practice questions. I have also heard raving reviews about AdaptiBar.

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Re: Alternative MBE Study Options?

Postby SilvermanBarPrep » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:58 pm

Everyone should work through the most recently released MBE questions (the NCBE calls this the MBE Study Guide). I think Adaptibar probably includes these, but if not, it's a worthy purchase from the NCBE website.

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