It’s really important for law students to know the truth about the bar exam, so we continue our discussion of MBE myths and truths. These facts, fueled by questions and concerns from law students, resulted from years of exploration by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Law school is a challenge, but the law career ahead of you is worth the effort. Be sure you’re ready to move forward.
Bar Exam Myths—Not enough time is allotted to answer MBE questions.
We’d all like to think there’s a plot to make sure we trip, stumble, or fall—that would mean it isn’t your responsibility to prepare thoroughly for that bar exam, including the Multistate Bar Exam. But the truth is cruel. Research shows that the time allotted to take the MBE is sufficient for 99 percent of applicants.
The MBE is designed to be answered by a reasonably competent applicant in the amount of time available. The rate of correct responses at the end of three-hour sessions is not significantly different than the rate of correct answers at other, earlier points in the test.
A research project in which applicants were given virtually unlimited time to answer the MBE resulted in an average increase in score of about 6 raw (unscaled) points.
Since all groups benefit from an increase in time to the same degree, and since the test is scaled to account for differences in difficulty, an increase in average score would be offset in the scaling process and additional time would not increase applicants’ scaled scores.
You MUST Prepare Thoroughly and Properly for Your Bar Exam
Another major truth is that who you choose as a bar exam tutor can mean the difference between success and failure. Having a lecturer or tutor who does not take bar exams regularly is like going to a corporate attorney for a criminal matter. A tutor who doesn’t keep current with annual bar exams simply cannot know what has been tested on recent bar exams, particularly the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).
Here’s an intimidating fact—some of the largest bar review companies have lecturers who have never taken and passed the MBE! Hard to believe, but some students’ law careers depend upon uninformed tutoring. You can imagine how tough it is to pass a test that you’re not properly prepared for.
Here’s the most important fact! Reed Bar Review’s Hugh Reed has taken and passed almost 30 MBEs…and counting! We are bar exam specialists because we teach you what YOU need to know to PASS! And those are emphatically not bar exam myths!by