Ask AAL: Acing the MBE
Posted on January 30th, 2013
Reader Mike sent in this question:
Hi, long time reader of the site and big fan. I remember a little while back you were doing a sort of “ask me anything” type column on your website. I am a third year law student getting ready to graduate. Basically, I suck at multiple choice questions. I’ve done a lot of practice in the past three years, but it seems every exam I have reviewed with my professor, I did fairly well on the essay part, below average on the multiple choice part. Now, with the MBE coming up this summer, it’s on my mind more than ever. Care to give your take on how to improve your MC test taking? I am also taking a bar prep class offered by our school, for credit (pas/fail), prior to the Barbri review course this summer, so I will be working on quite a few MC questions in the coming months.
Any insight would be beneficial. Thanks in advance.
I think the MBE sucks even if you’re good at M/C questions. (Ditto the MPRE: I’m usually fine with M/C, but I always wanted the answer to be what I thought was the most ethical choice, and it was usually the second most ethical choice.)
I think you’re doing the right things. My suggestion is just do hundreds and hundreds of MBE questions. You’ll have a lot of sample tests to work with, and while that’s good, I really relied on the online MBE questions, because I could analyze and really hone in on weaknesses. After you’ve done that many questions, you see the very particular aspects of what they’re looking for (it was hit or miss in the lectures if they’d explain exactly what the testers were looking for — I seem to recall the criminal law area was better than, say, contracts, but again, it’s been a while). And you’ll have pretty much seen every question that the MBE will throw at you by that point, too.
Readers, what do you think? Any other suggestions?