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Frequently Asked Questions: Recommendations for Preparing to Take the MBE:


Recommendations for Preparing to Take the MBE: 


The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) provides on-line practice examinations (OPE) that can be purchased at  Each includes 100 questions that have recently appeared on an MBE along with a detailed explanation of why the correct answers are correct and the incorrect answers are incorrect. 
The following is a recommend approach to preparing to take the MBE:
1.  Take the first OPE under exam conditions using an appropriate exam-type setting and following the appropriate timing.
2.  Review your score and note your estimated score on the real MBE.  Study the 100 questions and the explanations.  Review the references.  Study the material thoroughly until you believe you would get 100% correct if you took this test under exam conditions.
3.  Take the opportunity to evaluate your test-taking strategy.  Make sure you know how to pace yourself so that you finish within the allotted time.  You might be nervous when you take the actual exam, therefore, it make require more time per question than taking the OPE.  Think about how you approach a question.  Read each question carefully; every word is important.
4.  Move on to the second OPE.  Again, take it under exam conditions.  You should find that your score is higher than the first OPE.  Then study the questions on this OPE, reading the explanations and reviewing the references.  Study this second set of questions until you believe you would have obtained 100% correct.
5.  Move on to the thrid OPE following the same strategy.  Then move on to the fourth.  Learning the material presented in the four OPEs should put you in a very good position to do well on the MBE.  Each set of 100 questions represents a good sample of the content in the full-lenght MBE.  The actual MBE should be very familiar to you if you follow the approach outlined above.

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Created at 11/27/2013 9:14  by Martha Hicks-Robinson 
Last modified at 9/17/2014 16:15  by Lowe, Sheila