AdaptiBar vs. UWorld MBE QBank: Which one should you get?

Not sure if AdaptiBar or UWorld is better for your MBE needs? Someone had a succinct dilemma about this:

Good dilemma (and choice of outlines). Here’s a breakdown of both and a summary table.

First of all, what are AdaptiBar and UWorld? How are they similar?

✅ Both are online platforms to help you study for the MBE.

✅ Both do this by giving you tools to create question sets from a bank of the latest NCBE-licensed questions (the NCBE is the organization that writes these questions). You can choose subtopics within subjects.

✅ Both have performance analytics to track your weak areas and compare how you did compared to other users of the platform.

AdaptiBar vs. UWorld: How are they different?

Each has its own strengths. Check the comparison table below for more (or fewer) details, but in essence…

AdaptiBar comes with detailed written explanations. It has an adaptive algorithm that automatically adjusts to your strengths and weaknesses (hence the name). As you do more questions and get stronger, it will give you more challenging questions (and vice versa). It’s been in the MBE game for many years and is also available for California Baby Bar students.

It also comes with 200 simulated Civil Procedure questions and 15 simulated Real Property questions written by the content team. The trial test drive comes with questions for each subject.

Video lectures with Prof. Jonathan Grossman are a popular add-on. Another optional add-on is flashcards to help you memorize the black letter law. Both are available for a significant discount if bundled with enrollment.

You can get access to a base subscription for $365 using an AdaptiBar discount code. Let me know where to send it to you.

UWorld comes with visual (and written) explanations with drawings and charts that may be helpful if you’re a visual learner. This is the main draw for UWorld. While it’s been around the block for other professional exams, it’s relatively new to the MBE space.

It also comes with hundreds of simulated questions written by the content team. It has learning features like customizable digital flashcards where you can save your own notes.

You can get access to a base subscription for $399 (access through the next bar exam) or Early Prep for $529 (access through two bar exams). You can also test it out with a seven-day free trial.

Summary and comparison between AdaptiBar and UWorld

Features UWorld MBE QBank AdaptiBar
Price $399 for one bar season
OR
$529 for early-prep option (access for two bar seasons)
$395 for one bar season / $365 with coupon
$245 if you’re re-enrolling (via your profile)
Total number of questions (licensed + simulated) 2,000+ 1,600+
Common features • Licensed MBE questions
• Online platform accessible on mobile devices
• Performance analytics
Distinctive features • Robust visual explanations
• Custom flashcards
• Robust analytics
• Adaptive technology
105% money-back guarantee
• Optional add-on video lectures available
You can also check out the free trials for both to see which you prefer: UWorld trial AdaptiBar trial
In-depth reviews UWorld review AdaptiBar review

Verdict, how to use AdaptiBar or UWorld effectively, and an alternative

You can’t go wrong with either.

You’ll find great reviews for both AdaptiBar and UWorld. When you ask around, you’ll see people swear by one or the other (or recommend both!)

The important thing is that you USE it and LEARN from it. Track your performance, learn from the explanations, and keep practicing every day.

Don’t worry about how many questions you do. It’s about how well you do them, not just how many you do them.

The MBE is a critical part of your bar exam score: It can be up to half of your score depending on your jurisdiction, and at least some essays will test MBE subjects. This means you can leverage your MBE proficiency to increase your overall score and get that much closer to passing the bar exam!

So don’t spend more than an hour deciding whether to get AdaptiBar or UWorld. Just pick one and start USING it. You’ll learn more by DOING, not hem-hawing about what’s “best.” Analysis paralysis keeps you from doing anything at all.

If you’re on the fence, read my in-depth AdaptiBar review and UWorld review. Or make a decision based on their sample trials.

BTW, this goes for anything else you agonize over (like which short outlines to use to help you memorize). Do your due diligence and be confident in your decision because the point isn’t which racquet you’ll use, but rather, your technique with it.

If you’re worried about cost, you don’t have to use either one. Try Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE book instead, which has hundreds of NCBE-licensed questions, a 200-question practice test, and excellent written explanations. You can grab it for $70-100 (when it’s not out of stock).

Otherwise, check out AdaptiBar (grab a discount code for AdaptiBar first) or UWorld here:

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