The bar exam world changed in 2020.
It became possible to take the bar exam remotely—from anywhere on the planet—thanks to the miracle of high-speed Internet. It’s the bandwidth revolution! The Great Reset!
But with new ideas come poo-poo-ers.
People were complaining about how it won’t work, they’re going to spy on us through the camera, there aren’t any bathroom breaks in the middle of a session, there will be tech issues, there are hackers, people will cheat, it’s too complicated, etc.
Some of it DID happen.
Some of it was preventable by bar takers (like remembering to go to the restroom beforehand).
People are calling for remote bar exams to be abandoned, proposing alternative formats, cutting multiple choice questions and making essays open book, and suggesting diploma and license privilege.
They are all valid concerns.
But just because something is uncertain or new doesn’t mean it’s always bad. (Remember when people complained when Facebook kept changing its interface and got used to it within a day?)
I don’t do doom and gloom here. Examples:
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There are a lot of resources and supplements for the MBE portion of the bar exam these days.
You’re bombarded with referral links and ads from all angles on the Internet these days thanks to everyone trying to get a piece of you (and your sneaky iPhone listening to everything you think).
You’re taking the most important exam of your life. The multiple-choice part counts for 50% of your bar exam score based on a series of 200 letters (or 100 if there’s a pandemic).
All you want is just some solid and cost-effective help that makes you actually learn and progress.
What are you supposed to choose?
There is a refreshing alternative. A new contender to the long list of MBE supplements, with tons of students singing praises already.
Its name: UWorld MBE QBank.
Click here to skip to a comparison of UWorld and AdaptiBar.
In this comprehensive review of UWorld, I’ll explain what their MBE QBank does and why I immediately reached out when I first heard about them from my readers.
Here are some key takeaways and a table of contents for more details:
- Key distinction 1 – explanations: Robust, in-depth answer explanations with illustrations, charts, and other visual aids that help you retain and recall the rules.
- Key distinction 2 – updated question formats: Focus on relevant, newer questions so that your practice is not compromised by outdated question formats. The product team at UWorld also regularly develops new questions that align with current style of testing.
- Key distinction 3 – experience with exam prep: They’ve been around the block. They’re known for helping students pass difficult exams in other professional fields like medicine, finance, etc.
- Key distinction 4 – cost: The price is right. (Plus how you can get 25% off…exclusive to MTYLT readers only)
- In the works: More features that are based on methodologies to help you remember the material. I’ll update this review when these new features come out…can’t be spilling them beans yet.
Table of contents (click to jump):
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- UWorld helps you to learn concepts tested on the MBE using clear, visual answer explanations
- UWorld has updated the format of their questions to make them look as close as possible to the actual MBE questions
- UWorld has been around the block of high-stakes exams (now the MBE)
- Recap & future work for UWorld
- Key features
- Some ancillary features
- Some things UWorld could improve on
- Verdict for this new contender in the MBE supplements space
“How can I pass this bar exam? omg”
There are a million approaches for the bar exam. Indeed, you should find a way that works for YOU. As I always say, you’re the dean of your own studies.
All you have to do is understand the material and know how to use it, right?
If it were only that easy.
The bar exam covers a ton of concepts, including exceptions, jurisdictional differences, over a dozen subjects. There’s a LOT to know at once. Questions are difficult to answer unless you understand the key concepts.
The bar exam is not EASY.
But preparing for it is SIMPLE. Bar prep doesn’t have to be complicated.
There are really only three things you need for successful bar preparation:
- Source materials (outlines, questions to practice with, sample answers)
- How-to knowledge (which I cover)
- Action from YOU to do the things that matter (practice and feedback)
Let’s go through each one.
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