When you're in the middle of Day 2 of the bar exam, taking the MBE, you may find yourself getting a little behind schedule. If you start running out of time and know you won't be able to give due attention to all of the remaining questions in the time you have left, there's a strategy you can use to maximize the points you can earn on those leftover questions.
For each question that remains, make a quick judgment as to what subject is being tested by that question. If it one of your three strongest MBEs subjects, take the time to answer it (or at the very least get rid of 2 of the possible answer options, giving you a 50% shot at getting that answer correct). If the subject matter is one of the other four subjects, just make a quick guess. Since each question is weighted the same, you only want to spend your precious time and energy on questions you have the strongest chance of answering correctly.
But that leads me to the obvious question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH MBE SUBJECTS YOU ARE STRONGEST IN? Do you know which subjects you get right 70% of the time, and which ones you get right only 55% of the time? If not, find out! If you're using a digital MBE product, it is likely designed to track this information for you automatically. If you're using physical books, however, you need a way to easily track this information for yourself. The FTB MBE Tracker (download below) does just that.
Here's how you use it:
The tracker is divided up into 8 columns - 1 for each subject, and 1 for mixed subject practice.
The first sub-column is used to track how many questions you practiced.
The second sub-column is used to record the % correct you got on those MBEs. (Tip: In case you’ve forgotten how to determine a percentage, simply divide the number of questions you got correct by the total number of questions you did. So if you get 25 out of 35 questions correct: 25 / 35 = 71%)
The third sub-column tracks your timing so you know whether you are answering questions fast enough to keep pace on the exam. This will tell you if you are getting faster as you progress. In case you are not aware, you have 1.8 minutes (108 seconds) per question if you are to finish in time. Just make sure to use a timer when you practice, and then divide your total time by the number of questions you have completed.
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