Should I Repeat Bar Exam Questions I Already Practiced

Hi everyone, Dustin here from and author of number one Amazon bestseller The Seven Steps to Bar Exam Success. And one of my coaching clients the other day asked me: Should I repeat the questions that I’ve already taken for the MBE? So, they took a set of MBE questions- should they later repeat and do those same questions or not?

And my suggestion is this: for the MBE you generally don’t need to do that, for the essays I would recommend that you do that. So, let’s say you take a group of three essays and you do them, I mean you go through them, you learn how that works, and a week later you just want to do some more essays.

You can do more essays or you can repeat those ones that you took because chances are when you go back and you repeat the ones that you took you’re probably not going to remember everything, every little detail that you got and there’s a good chance to again learn and develop and practice the issues spotted, practice the writing, practice going through the essays and you know, writing a complete essay out.

However the MBE, because the questions are very specific and because when you repeat the same questions you’re probably going to know the answer already. Maybe if you took a set at the beginning of your prep and then you know towards the end of your prep, you would remember it, it wouldn’t be like you see it brand-new, but you’re probably already going to know the answers to those.

So, generally speaking I don’t recommend you repeat the MBE questions , there’s a whole bank of them out there whether using [ 01:26 Bar or you don’t] there’s a whole bank of MBE questions, so you don’t really need to go through and repeat it. But for the essays they’re not quite as many all the time and going on the topic and the jurisdiction so it’s not entirely a bad idea to go back and repeat your essays. So that’s my tip on whether to repeat questions or not and how I recommend you go about it.

A performance test depends probably again you don’t need to repeat it as much as long once you do it once you can just find another performance test that you’re doing to do as well to help you practice.

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The Bar Exam Guide: The Best Place for Your Bar Prep Tips

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The 7 Steps To Bar Exam Success. And today I want to share something special with you that I received after I graduated from law school. It was actually one of those gag awards that maybe sometimes schools give and whatnot after they graduate.

But anyway I got the Most Likely To Write A Memoir About Their Experience As A Law Student or Attorney Award. That’s the award I won from the student bar association at my school. And I’ll tell you what, technically was actually way off. I haven’t written about my experiences as a law student or as an attorney. However, I did share my experiences about the bar exam.

After I took the bar exam, there’s a lot that I learned through that process and I had a lot of my friends asking me questions about the bar, a lot of little things like “how much time should I spend? Which bar prep program should I take? How should I approach the materials? How do I deal with the mindset of the bar exam?” What I decided to do was take all these questions and all my own experience and write them up.

I created a blog and then I also created a book called the 7 Steps to Bar Exam Success book. And it’s really just a practical guide of how to go through the bar exam. It’s not a replacement of a bar prep program. There’s no content stuff in here but it’s really a guide to go through the bar exam whether you have a bar prep program or you’re studying on your own. It really, really is helpful.

What I did is give a lot of practical tips about mindset, about how to approach the essays, how to approach the MBE. For those of you starting BarBri, how to actually go through BarBri, rather than doing their schedule that they give you, how to actually make that an effective way as you go through and I’ve been grateful because I get tons of emails all the time of how many people have enjoyed this book, how many people have liked this book.

I’m very grateful for all the 5-star reviews that it has on Amazon and it really have been a huge help and huge resource for people. It’s a short read. It’s like 2 hours to read this whole thing. It really just alters people’s mindset, whether you’re a first time or a repeater. A lot of repeaters have emailed me, said they got hope again. They have new found hope and they’re actually excited. Yes, they use the word ‘excited’ to take the bar exam. A lot of first time takers have read it as well and told me it was a huge help for them as well.

I want to invite you to go and grab your copy of this book. It’s called the 7 Steps To Bar Exam Success. I have it on my website. You can head over to, b-o-o-k, and get it there. I hope you’ll do this. I hope you’ll spend a couple of bucks really to really change your paradigm and really help you on the bar exam.

I know for sure it’s going to be a huge help regardless of your jurisdiction. I took California but this is a guide book that’s helped people in all the types of jurisdiction. So head on over to and go ahead and grab yourself a copy. Until next time, always remember that your name appears on the pass list.

Bar Exam Preparation: The 1 daily activity to do and pass

In this bar exam video, I share how to approach the bar exam preparation day-to-day.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Seven Steps To Bar Exam Success. And one question that came up with a client that I was helping coach through the bar exam was, this client want to know how they should approach the bar exam on a day to day basis, like what should they do, day to day, to help them get to where they want to go and passing the bar exam. And what we came up with was the 50-2 plan, 50-2, meaning 50 MBE questions per day and 2 practice essays per day.

And if you can implement that in your bar exam where you’re doing 50 MBE’s and 2 practice essays per day, you’re going to be so prepared, so ahead of so many other people, it’s not even funny. By doing that, the 50-2 plan, what you actually do is you practice what you’re going to be tested on bar exam day.

You begin to train your mind how to go through the MBE’s and train your mind how to take practice essays, so when you walk in there on bar exam day it’s like magic. You’ll have gotten the mindset, you have seen most of the types of issues, the types of things that can come up on the bar exam and you’ll be very, very prepared.

In addition to all the other stuff you’re doing, all the other homework or the rules and outlining and memorizing and all that stuff that you’re doing, focus really on the 50-2 plan. Make sure you implement that every single day, and even make that, I would say, a top priority and then do all your other stuff after that.

And that’s going to make you super, super prepared for the bar exam. I look forward to you implementing that on your bar prep and for you emailing me once you’ve passed the bar exam at how that worked for you.

Go ahead and implement that today. And also, please like and share this video. Also head on over to and get your free pdf, The 12 Keys To Bar Exam Success.

It’s a free download that’ll help you save time, feel more prepared and give you the actual strategy of good ways to kind of go through the bar exam and how to feel prepared going into the bar exam. So head on over to and download that today. Until next time, always remember that your name appears on the pass list.    

Should I get higher than average MBE scores to make up for low Bar Exam Essay Grades

In this bar exam video, I discuss whether you should focus on getting higher MBE scores to make up for lower bar essay scores.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Seven Steps To Bar Exam Success. And a question recently came across my desk was this – should I try and get an 80% on my MBE to make up for lower essays and lower PT scores?

And my general recommendation is that this is not a good idea. The reason for that is a couple of reasons. One is the bar exam is graded on a curve, so it’s easier to get into that 60-65% range, but when you want to start getting out of there and going up to an 80%, you can’t just take baby steps up there. You got to take big leaps to really get there. You have to really start getting those ancillary questions, all those questions that are really kind of out there that are on the MBE that’s almost designed to help keep everyone like back in the median range.

You have to start getting those questions and getting them right. A lot of those questions are really like needles in a haystack. They’re just far off questions about little random things, little random issues here and there. That’s going to be a big challenge to make that leap up to 80%.

Not only that is going to be a huge challenge but it probably is not going to pull up your essays and your PT scores. The MBE is worth about 1/3 of your grade and essays and PTs are worth about 2/3 of your grade. So to pull up those 2/3 with 1/3 is going to be really challenging to do. So that’s not something that I recommend. Instead, what I do recommend is focus on passing the MBE. Focus on passing the PT’s and focus on passing the essays.

Focus on passing each of those areas in and of itself rather than spending the extra time studying those random issues on the MBE questions, put your time and really get those essays down. Learn those essays. Do well.

I know it can be intimidating for a lot of people. It’s more satisfying in the mindset to be like “oh I’ll just do really well in the area I’m good at to make up for the poorer areas” but in reality, focus on passing each area. If you do that, if you practice well and you prepare well, you pass each area and you don’t need to worry about trying to get some superstar score on a specific area.

And vice versa applies. Some people want to get higher essays or PT scores that pull up their MBE, but again that’s going to be really challenging to do because again the who exam is graded on a bell curve, so to get out of that curve is really, really tough, really, really challenging. So just really put the effort in. I know it sucks.

I know it’s going to hurt but you know that’s where the true rewards are, at the end of those tunnels that maybe you don’t see the light and maybe there’s a lot of barriers to you getting there but when you make it through and you put in the time and effort and the responsibility, then it feels really good.

Focus on passing each area. If you like that tip, hit the like button below. Also, please share this video and then head on over to and get the 12 Keys To Bar Exam Success to help you have a more easier journey throughout the bar exam and pass the bar exam. Until next time, I’ll see you in the next video. And always remember that your name appears on the pass list.

Bar Exam Repeaters: Where to Focus Your Prep on Your Next Try

In this video, I give bar exam repeaters an idea of where to focus on for their next attempt at passing the bar exam.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The 7 Steps To Bar Exam Success. And a question from a repeater student that I was recently coaching and helping is this – if they did really good on one portion of the bar exam but failed the other portion, when they’re repeating the exam, should they focus on the portion that they didn’t do so well on and spend minimal time on the portion that they did do well on.

And my answer is this – it really kind of depends on the person but don’t neglect the area that you did do good in. You probably did well on it because of a reason. You probably put the time or the focus and you studied correctly in that area to help you get a higher score. If you stop putting in the time and the focus second time around, your scores may drop.

Generally speaking, yeah you do want to make sure you focus on the weak areas and really improve those weak areas. However, make sure you don’t neglect where you were in those other areas too. Check in every so often and just see. Let’s say you did good on the MBE, so check in, do some MBE questions and see where you’re at.

Make sure you’re still getting a good score, you’re still passing, and if that’s the case then yeah go ahead and focus more on the essays and the PTs and wherever your weak areas were. Generally speaking, it is a very good idea to focus on the weak areas because you want to try and pass each component of the bar exam. So if your essays are really bad, then focus. Find out what you did wrong, what you could do better and then start to do that as you prepare.

That’s my tip. That’s my advice to focus on those weak areas but again don’t neglect those areas that you did well on. Go out there and get it this week. Hit the like button below if you like this video. Also, head on over to, get your 12 keys pdf guide to passing the bar exam. Until next time. I’ll see you in the next video. And always remember that your name, yes your name, appears on the pass list.            

How bar exam repeaters can gain confidence after Failing

In this bar exam video, I give bar repeaters three questions they can ask themselves for a self-analysis to help ensure they do better and pass next time.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The 7 Steps To Bar Exam Success. And a question came from a repeater that I was helping recently. The question is “how do I conquer the fear of failure after having failed the bar exam once?”

That’s not necessarily an easy answer. It’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. After putting all eggs in the basket and then failing the bar exam, it can be very tough, very emotionally challenging to bounce back after that. What I recommend though is to look at it in a kind of a more systematic way, logical way. Keep in mind that it’s not about you.

It doesn’t mean you are a failure. It just means the techniques, the things that you did didn’t worked, weren’t enough to pass the bar exam. But it’s got nothing to do with you as a person, you as a human being, you as a character. It’s all about your technique and what you did to prepare for the bar exam. Just recognizing that, it’s not about you, your ability, your potential, nothing to do with that. It’s just your technique. What we want to try and do for the next time is focus on maybe adjusting the technique.

The first thing I recommend that you do is write down what worked. What did you do the first time around that helped you, that was beneficial for you, that was working for you? A lot of times you’ll notice, you’ll just intuitively know within your gut like this worked and sometimes you may not. It’s good to have a coach. That’s something that helps bar exam students every season, is to help coach them, to help them find what worked or what didn’t worked and kind of where to keep focused on or where to move forward in. Having a coach to do that or doing it on your own through focusing on what worked.

And then write down, the second thing is what didn’t worked. What did you do that didn’t really work for you? Was it you listened too much to what other people said? You spent too much time outlining? You let the mind the freak you out a lot, which is one of the main causes of bar exam stress and failure is losing the mind control over what it is that you’re doing.

And then the third question is what can you do different? Now that you know what worked, write out a plan or list the things that you’re going to do differently this time around to help you get on path to passing the bar exam. And again this is really where someone like myself or someone else as a coach can come help you, someone who’s not necessarily focused on the contents. I don’t really help people with the content of the bar exam but the strategy and the mindset and kind of the approach to the bar exam throughout bar prep. That’s what I help people with and that really, really be beneficial to you, especially as a repeater if you’re looking to pass it this time.

Those are the three questions. Another bonus question, if you still have a fear of failure, just write down what’s the worst thing that can happen. And let your mind just go for it. Just write down all the awful bad things that can happen if you don’t pass the bar exam. Write them all down. I‘ll be embarrassed. I won’t get my job. I’ll have to take it again, blah, blah, blah. But guess what, none of those reasons is probably going to be death.

You’re not going to die, which a lot of times the mind treats that situation as if we are going to die, because our mind is based on tribal…our mind is still in development where it’s in tribal instinct basically. If we get rejected or we don’t do something, it literally fears death. But that’s not going to happen to you if you fail you bar exam. Don’t worry.

Just get it all out on paper. When you do that, you get all these fears out, you write them here. It clears the mind and then you could focus on success, focus on where you want to go from this point on. That’s what I recommend you do to conquer the fear of failure as you’re going throughout your bar exam.

If you liked that tip, hit the like button below. Also head on over to and get your 12 Keys PDF guide to bar exam success. Until next time. I’ll see you in the next video. And always remember that your name appears on the pass list.