While you can study all the information that'll be on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) for months, it's unlikely you'll be successful without the help of practice sample questions. Effective study aids, practice questions can help improve learning, long-term memory, and test scores.
A comprehensive article in American Educator titled "Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning" by John Dunlosky, a professor of psychology at Kent State University, is just one published report underscoring these benefits, explaining how college students utilizing practice tests to prepare for upcoming exams earned higher grades.
Your ultimate goal is to achieve the highest scores possible on each section of the UBE, so implementing sample questions as part of your study regimen can help you achieve success on this all-important examination.
Why Sample Questions Help
Simply put, you learn better by doing. Actively testing your skills enables you to learn and understand more effectively than by reading or listening to lectures.
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
The MBE is the multiple-choice section of the exam, so in addition to the information that will be tested, learning skills specific to these types of questions will also help. The best way to do so is to practice.
This will increase your comfort level with the verbiage of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and acquire important process-of-elimination tips to increase the chances of answering each inquiry correctly. Practice can also help you improve your test-taking time, which will enable you to complete all 200 MBE questions in the duration allotted.
As you tackle MBE practice questions, you're bound to get plenty wrong—and that's okay. Incorrect answers are simply opportunities for you to learn, and will help you avoid making those same mistakes in the future.
Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)
Writing practice essays is vital to your success on the MEE, but learning how to write high-scoring essays isn't so easy. The more practice essays you do, the more you'll improve. You'll learn how to apply the laws accurately and concisely, and streamline your responses so they can be easily understood and graded by administrators. You'll be required during the actual exam to write a lot, within a short period, so set time constraints while answering your practice essays. It's beneficial to also have them reviewed by professional attorneys or bar exam experts, who will grade your essay as a UBE administrator, point out areas of improvement, and provide constructive criticism to help improve your score.
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
You'll only have 90 minutes for this section of the exam, but just as in the cases of the MBE and MEE, you can improve the time it takes you to complete this section by doing practice MPTs. The more sample MPTs you complete, the easier it will be for you to read through the information on the actual exam, gather all the relevant facts, and produce well-thought out responses.
How To Find Sample Questions For The Bar Exam
If you're taking a bar exam review course, you'll likely receive sample questions for the MBE, MEE and MPT. However, if you aren't enrolled (although we encourage you to do so), you can find free resources online.
Pieper Bar Review offers a bar exam Question of the Day, which delivers a free MBE question to your email inbox each morning. These free sample MBE questions are perfect to study, and can even supplement your current bar review course. Subscribe below.
The NCBE also offers resources to help bar exam candidates practice for the UBE. You can find a list of study aids for each section on the exam on its website.