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MBE Secret Weapon



The MBE exam consists of two 3-hour sessions each containing 100 multiple-choice questions.  The questions are sequenced in a random order by subject (Contracts, Torts, Property, Evidence, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law & Procedure).  Our Rigos patent pending MBE SECRET WEAPON process give a bar candidate big advantages in time, efficiency and confidence.  It goes without saying that the benefits of using this patented process take student practice.

           1.   Two Methods:  The traditional sequencing of answering is to take each question as it comes.  The problem here is the student must shift mental gears between subjects 99 times.  Our system requires only six mental shifts and adds efficiency and accuracy because you only work the questions for one subject at one time.  Our tests show using this technique adds on average 2 or 3 out of 100 more right answers.  The subject-by-subject organization adds focus and concentration, increased accuracy, time efficiencies, all leading to more MBE confidence. 

           2.   Categorization Procedure:  An initial quick scan of the question facts and four alternatives allows you to jot down a subject-by-subject categorization.  Use abbreviations of T for torts, K for contracts, P for property, E for evidence, CN for constitutional law, CR for criminal law and procedure, and CP for civil procedure.  You can do this by columns on a separate sheet of paper as below or on the question booklet itself.  This allows you to identify and efficiently group all questions of each subject so they can all be worked at one time.  Only read enough of each question to determine the subject category. 

Look for fact pattern and alternative answer key words like "intent" or “injury” for torts, “offer” or “agreed” for contracts, “land” or ‘lease” for property, “admissible” or “hearsay” for evidence, “state law” or "challenge" for constitutional law, “police” or “arrest” for criminal law and procedure, and "ruling" or "jurisdiction" for civil procedure.

                 Example:  An example of the first 18 sorted questions by each of the 7 MBE subjects might be:


1 1 9* 6* 3 4* 5 19
2 2 13* 10* 11 12* 8 20
3 7 14* 16 17 15 18 21


Here, the bar exam student has worked (*) all the contracts (9, 13, 14), two property questions (6 and 10), and one constitutional law question (4) but has underlined No. 10 for re-consideration after s/he gets through all the other property questions. This students has began on the constitutional law questions by answering No. 4 and has answered but underlined No. 12 for re-consideration at the end of all the other constitutional law questions.

            3.    Do Each Subject Separately:  Do all the 14 or 15 questions at one time from a subject such as torts. The early questions will refresh, reinforce and increase your knowledge of the subject.  This will help to improve your time efficiency and choice (A, B, C, or D) effectiveness.  The first time through a subject, circle your best answer choice in the question book and strike the question number on your planning distribution sheet. 

           4.   Stay Within Time Allocation:  Pace yourself.  Carefully manage your time as you proceed through the questions.   On average there is a little less than 30 minutes per subject.  It is important to work as quickly as possible without sacrificing thoroughness and accuracy.  If a particular question is giving you difficulty, either skip it or make your best educated guess and mark it in the margin.

           5.   Go through Questions Twice:  Initially, go through all the subject questions in order.  Time is so precious some people believe you should pick your answer to every question in order the first time through.  Still, some candidates use a two-step approach.

                    a.   First Time Through:  The first time through the subject, every question should be put into one of three categories.

                          (1)  Sure of Subject:  If you are reasonably sure of the best choice, answer the question and move on.  This applies even if you are not sure of the exact topical issue being tested within the subject.  Strike it from the categorization sheet and circle your alternative choice on the question book.

                           (2)  No Clue:  If you have great difficulty with a question’s topic or if the particular question would take too long, skip it and circle the number.  A few questions are horrific and / or overwhelming.  If you find them too taxing, perhaps skip the question for subjects in which you feel weak the first time through.  Do not get frustrated by the skipped questions or spend more than 10 seconds before deciding to skip.

                           (3)  Unsure?  Take Your Best Shot:  If you have some idea, but are unsure which alternative is the best, make an educated guess.  If you eliminate the wrong alternatives, you will usually be down to two choices.  Use the appropriate default rule discussed in the introduction, supra.  Answer the question, but circle it on your planning sheet so you can come back later and check the answer if you have time.  Don’t get bogged down.

                 b.   Second Time Through:  After you have gone through all subject questions once, figure the time you have left from the 30 minute per subject average.  Divide the remaining time by the number of struck questions on your planning sheet.  Keep on your new time schedule.  Turn to the subject questions you circled on your planning sheet to determine if you see anything new.  The questions you have worked later in the same subject may have jogged your memory.  If the uncertainty is still present, don’t change your first judgment as it is probably your best intuitive shot at the correct answer.  Complete all the questions from the subject area using the Rigos default rules before moving to the next subject.

           6.  Answer Sheets Are Critical:  Pay careful attention when transferring your circled choices from the exam book.  A mistake in marking the right number on the official bubble answer sheet can be fatal to passing the MBE.  Candidates can avoid or reduce the chance of any of 100 mistakes by transposing their answers – A, B, C, or D – at one time in the last few minutes of the exam.  Leave five minutes at the end of the exam for this all-important task.

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Last updated on 6/9/2016 2:29:32 PM