Monday, June 18, 2007

MBE's a Go-Go!

I took three hours this morning and answered the first 100 MBEs from the BarBri Simulated MBE book. I simulated the environment of the bar exam by going down to the local elementary school and sitting in the middle of the Kindergarten class while I filled in the bubbles on the Scantron. Of course, school's out, so it was pretty quiet. (;-)>

Actually, I had to take the baby bar exam a few years ago so I'm familiar with the whole pressurized test taking environment. I only did the first 100 questions today because I didn't want to knock my study schedule even more out of whack than it already is.

I missed 30 out of the 100 questions. The breakdown: 5 Property, 4 Torts, 7 Evidence, 5 Contracts, 4 Crim Law, 2 Crim Pro, and 3 Con Law.

It's nice that BarBri provides the subject tested in each question in the list of correct answers. It is easy enough to figure out from the question but the fact that they tell you what category and sub-category each answer came from helps to pinpoint the areas of weakness for further study.

I'm thinking I'll do the next 100 questions tomorrow morning. I thought about just doing all 200 today but I wanted to go over the answers while the questions were still fresh in my brain. If I did all 200 today I probably wouldn't have been as diligent in the review process.

Then I decided that I will go ahead and send the Scantron to the company in Chicago so that I can see how I compare with the rest of the BarBri takers. I've been telling myself that it doesn't really matter how I'm doing relative to everyone else right now because my MBEs are a work in progress. But it does matter. Inquiring minds, and all that.


calbar blondie said...

I had to take the Baby Bar, too, GP. Hasn't helped me a WHOLE lot on the mbe's, but my highest scores are in torts, contracts and crimlaw. I'm told the Baby Bar tests "different skills."
Huh???? This came from a very well-known L.A. tutor who also works for Barbri.
70% is right where you should be, so that's a decent score.

Anonymous said...

I would say 70% in THAT exam is a great score; the BarBri simulated is damn difficult. Cheers

The Grand Poobah said...

Different skills. Hmmm... I don't know about that. But I do know, at least I think, that they grade harder on the BB than they do on the GBX.

Then again, my study partner looked back at some of the essays from past BBs and came to the conclusion that those Torts, Crim Law and Contracts essays were more difficult than the ones we're seeing for the general bar.

Hey, it could happen. There could be a bias against letting us us 4-year folks swim in the big pool. They might set that bar (no pun intended) a little bit higher for us in an attempt to re-create the weeding out process that would otherwise happen in the transition from 1L to 2L in a 3-year school.

But who really knows? The whole law school/bar exam process is fertile ground for conspiracy theorists.

But back to your point, that process did force me to become very familiar with those three subjects. Of that, I am grateful today.

The Grand Poobah said...

Thank Anon, I had mixed feelings when I tallied up the missed questions.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's results.

biff said...

If there was a conspiracy, then kathleen sullivan would not have failed.

The Grand Poobah said...

biff, Ah Hah! Yes! That's what they want us to think!

Mouhaha! (Cue the Evil laugh. Wring hands. Squint eyes. Look from side to side).

Cutie Likes California Bar Exam said...

Good job! :D 14o is already over the real bar exam passing score. Envy. Yet you seem like a hard working dad. @_@

The Grand Poobah said...

Thanks, Cutie. Even though it turned out to be 132, I'm not totally dissatisfied. A dad's got to do what a dad's got to do. The house payment won't make itself, right? Thanks for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

Didn't you think the weekend practice 3 hour tests were easier than the simulated on Monday? I got 11 points lower Monday, plus I ended up using almost the whole 3 hours each session (I breezed through the practice ones in a lot less time). And I usually do better under pressure, so I don't think that's the difference....

The Grand Poobah said...

I didn't do the simulated on Monday. I expect that the hardest moments for me would have been when I sat back down after only an hour's rest to do it all over again, and then once more during the last 30 minutes of the second hundred questions when the fatigue factor is greatest and the light at the end of the tunnel starts to get brighter.

On the other hand... hearing from family, during the middle of the hundred questions, about how hard they're finding this process and how tired they are of having to make accommodations for me, is arguably more mentally distracting than the sound of a couple of hundred pencils scratching, pages turning, noses sniffling, yawning, stretching, and posterior in the chair rearranging would have been.

But that's just me.