You’ve started studying for the bar, and you’re finally in a flow of practicing essays, cramming the law, and moving on to the next essay. You may be starting to suspect that this is not enough and that there is no way you will remember how to organize your essays during the actual exam.
Don’t worry – the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) provides a guide to each of the essays on the UBE. These point sheets are intended to guide the exam graders, but savvy test takers use them to improve their skill before the test. If you know what the graders are looking for, you will know how to better prepare for test day. The point sheets tell you how much each issue is worth so this is a great way to estimate how much time you should have spent on each issue as you practice.
The point sheets for the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) will look slightly different, but your approach to using them successfully will be similar. Self-evaluation is critical for preparing for the exam.