Ah yes, the MBE, everyone’s favorite multiple-guess section…
- 1.8 minutes per question for 6 hours
- Paranoia from seeing 7 of the same letter in a row
- 50/50 choices that make you go, “Damn, what’s with this ultimate decision?”
Up to half of your score hangs on a series of letters. I don’t mean essays, which are also a series of letters.
Wow! That sounds important. So how do you practice and prepare to improve your MBE score?
That’s actually the good thing about the MBE. It’s relatively objective and quantitative. This means that, while the MBE is formidable, improving on the MBE is a very improvable and figure-out-able portion of the bar.
Keep these rules in mind to go from “multiple guess” to “multiple choice”:
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If this coming July is the first time you’re taking the California bar, I’m sorry to inform you that you can no longer get legacy bragging rights for enduring three days of this shit.
At least you can be informed of what’s happening in July and what you can do in response. Let’s take a look…
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You see that Schroedinger’s bar results are available, where irreconcilable possibilities coexist as long as you don’t look.
- “Do I really check right now? Should I leave it alone?”
- “Do I choose purgatory or risk hell?”
- “I could just wait until Sunday so I could avoid anxiety / have a relaxing weekend!”
Good luck with that, dude.
You waited for this moment for months, maybe years. You can’t handle the anticipation bursting out of the seams of your heart. You check and find that you…
Did not pass…
How frustrated are you?
If you’re the type who hates to lose, who will struggle like an ugly worm, I can show you how you just might pass next time…
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There’s nothing like hearing your own recorded voice for instant cringe. Despite your reasonable assumptions, I am not a peak human and always have things to improve upon.
Meanwhile, let’s instead focus on what you can learn today from a coaching call I did with a reader so that you might be able to take away some insights for improving your performance on the bar exam.
Here’s a recording of my discussion with Kristy about:
- Her score report and studying for the MBE to improve her score next time
- Whether it’s right for her to delay her retake to the two-day CA bar in 2017
- Working while studying
- Scheduling with one-track tunnel vision.
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Oh you terrify me. But you also delight me. Can’t that be said for at least one person in your life?
True story. Last Friday, I was invited by a guitarist to play the keyboard for his band. Oh my! Exhibitionism was just what I needed to enflame a terror-delight in a heart that has been devoid of emotions since I started attending my alma mater (which dipped in ranking ever since, go figure).
Since I knew nothing about what they were playing, nor had I improvised anything in years, I had to regretfully decline. I got to watch them play for free, though.
Regret. Self-doubt. Insufficient preparation.
If last July is any indication, more than 50% of those attempting the CA Bar Exam will feel something like that come November.
I don’t want to tell you “I know for a fact u will pass if u believe in urself !!” because I’m afraid it will overinflate your optimism and also because I have no empathy. That’s what your friends are for, if you haven’t totally estranged yourself from them yet.
It may seem like a ridiculous coin flip at this point, but perhaps it isn’t too bad if you load the coin in your favor (some optimism is good):
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