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I am taking the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Can The High Bar help me prepare?2020-10-19T16:56:10+00:00

Yes! The High Bar’s Writing Guide is specifically designed for the written portions of the UBE. That includes the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Together, they make up 50 percent of your overall score.

The UBE is currently offered in 36 jurisdictions, including Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are sitting for the bar in one of these states, The High Bar can give you an extra edge.

What is the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?2021-01-25T18:57:33+00:00

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) developed the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). This is a two-day exam offered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Day 1 is the written portion of the exam which is comprised of the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Day 2 is the multiple-choice component known as the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

The MEE consists of six 30-minute questions covering several different substantive areas of law. This accounts for 30 percent of your overall UBE score.

The MBE subjects and the MEE subjects are fair game to be tested on the MEE. These subjects include:

  • Agency and Partnerships
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills

The NCBE notes that the purpose of the MEE is to test the “the examinee’s ability to (1) identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical factual situation; (2) separate material which is relevant from that which is not; (3) present a reasoned analysis of the relevant issues in a clear, concise, and well-organized composition; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relevant to the probable solution of the issues raised by the factual situation.”

The MPT is also developed by NCBE and consists of two 90-minute items. This component is worth 20 percent of your overall UBE score.

The purpose of the MPT is “to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills are applied.”

When is the UBE administered?2021-01-25T18:57:51+00:00

The UBE is a two-day test administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Tuesday consists of the MEE and MPT. This is followed on Wednesday by the MBE.

If you receive ADA Accommodations from your jurisdiction, your testing days may vary slightly. Your jurisdiction will provide specifics for you.

Do you recommend a preferred web browser?2021-01-25T18:51:17+00:00

The High Bar recommends using Google Chrome. However, the site is compatible with all other internet browsers.

Is The High Bar’s Writing Guide mobile-friendly?2020-10-19T12:20:32+00:00

Mobile functionality is limited. After all, phones are not permitted on test day! However, you will be able to view your Statistics and Flashcards through a mobile device.

Does The High Bar’s Writing Guide offer any video content?2021-01-25T18:52:45+00:00

Yes. Our Help Center features a number of Video Tutorials, including guidance on The Rule Funnel Method, CIRAC writing technique, and a 7-Part Train Smarter, Future Esquire Boot Camp. Our video library is always growing, and with a subscription, you will be notified as new content becomes available.

Does The High Bar offer personalized tutoring?2021-01-25T18:51:30+00:00

Yes. We love to work one-on-one with students preparing for the bar exam. We’ve been doing so for over a decade!
Our lessons are customized for you with your success in mind.

Lessons include:

  • Detailed, Written and Oral Feedback and Guidance on Individualized Assignments
  • Personalized and Adjustable Calendar with Assignments Based on your Needs
  • Substantive Review in Clear, Concise, and Understandable Terms
  • Test-Taking Tips, Tricks, and Strategies
  • “The Mini”: Two-Day Practical Exam & Pre-Exam Quick Hit List

For all students currently utilizing The High Bar’s Writing Guide, should you enroll in the 10-hour Tutoring Program, your $295 initiation fee will be applied toward the value of that service.

Learn more at www.hitthehighbar.com.

I am handwriting the bar exam. Can I still benefit from The High Bar’s Writing Guide?2021-01-25T18:54:56+00:00

Yes, absolutely. The functionality of the system can still be enjoyed for anyone selecting to handwrite their work as well. Allow the timer to set your pace. When you finish handwriting your response, simply write “Handwritten” in the space where your typed response would have gone. You will then progress to the Grading Grid and Sample Answer.

Is The High Bar’s Writing Guide a compatible supplement to a traditional bar review course?2021-01-25T18:55:42+00:00

Yes, absolutely! The High Bar’s Writing Guide is the perfect supplement to any bar review course. Once you enroll, you can begin to study and dive right into your MEE and MPT practice.

In fact, we recommend replacing the written component of your traditional course with The High Bar’s Writing Guide. All of our MEE and MPT questions are licensed from the NCBE, so we ensure you are seeing questions written by the same folks who will write your test.

Our Guided Tour is a dynamic and adaptive learning environment that helps you focus on the areas where you need the most help. The flashcards, essays, and other study essentials that are displayed fit your specific needs.

If you prefer to follow the order of subjects presented by your traditional bar review course, you can use our Self-Guided option. You will have access to all of flashcards, essays, MPTs, and tutorial videos, and can “choose your own adventure.”

Within our Self-Guided option, you can select a subject to study and can drill down to specific subtopics to practice. Once you determine what areas need some work, you can use our flashcards to drill your knowledge, or can use your large traditional bar review course outlines for a more in-depth review.

Does The High Bar use licensed questions?2021-01-25T18:51:44+00:00

Yes. The High Bar licensed MEE and MPT questions from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the NCBE. These are the same folks who will write your exam questions.

The High Bar’s Writing Guide includes past MEE questions from July 2007 to the present. As well as intentionally selected MPT questions. We only use real questions from past exams, so you will be prepared for exam day.

Do you update substantive content to reflect current changes in the law?2020-04-24T14:48:24+00:00

Yes. We keep our materials current. As the law changes, we make changes too. If an MEE question response has changed because of a change in the law since it was originally tested, you will see that noted on the Grading Grid. We’ll give you a synopsis of the legal change as well as a case citation for your reference.

Commercial Paper is no longer tested on the exam. Is that why certain essays are missing?2020-04-24T14:49:31+00:00

Yes, you’ve got it. Our Writing Guide intentionally omitted essays containing Commercial Paper since it is no longer tested on the MEE. These essays include: July 2013 Q5, February 2013 Q9, February 2012 Q2, July 2011 Q7, July 2010 Q2, February 2010 Q9, February 2009 Q6, July 2008 Q9 and July 2007 Q7

Does the Writing Guide include all testable essay subjects?2021-01-25T18:53:01+00:00

Yes. Our materials cover all of the substantive subjects on the MEE. These include:

  • Agency and Partnerships
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills

For specific information on the MEE’s scope of coverage, see the MEE Subject Matter Outline. You will also conveniently find this information in the Help Center.

I’d like to read the instructions that the NCBE provides for the MEE. Where do I find them?2020-10-28T14:09:50+00:00

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with test day instructions before arriving at the exam. For instructions provided with each MEE, see Instructions for Taking the MEE. You will also conveniently find this information in the Help Center.

I’d like to read the instructions that the NCBE provides for the MPT. Where do I find them?2021-01-25T18:55:26+00:00

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with test day instructions before arriving at the exam. For instructions provided with the MPT, see Instructions for Taking the MPT. You will also conveniently find this information in the Help Center.

What features does your essay practice modal include?2020-04-24T15:45:50+00:00

We have taken great care to create the best possible essay practice experience. Whether you are taking practice questions using the Guided Tour or Self-Guided Mode, all essay questions include a Markup Mode, Tutor Tips, and Rule Funnel. You can easily toggle between these options.

There are also a number of split-screen views that allow you to view the question side-by-side or page- by-page. You can use the mode that you prefer.

Since time management is essential on the examination, our timer features a countdown style clock, so you can start to feel the quick pace and rhythm of the exam. If you were granted extra time through ADA accommodations, you can adjust the time in your Account Settings.

After trying your hand at the essay, you will be able to grade your work using our Grading Grids. You can also review our Sample Answer as a point for comparison.

I write better with paper and pencil. Can I print the essay task before I begin?2020-04-24T15:47:09+00:00

Yes. You will have the option to print individual MEE and MPT questions before starting the timer. A prompt will appear, and you can print as you go.

Additionally, within the Help Center, you will also find an MEE Question Book containing the questions loaded on our Writing Guide, should you want to print them all before you get started.

What is the Markup feature?2021-01-25T18:57:11+00:00

The Markup feature allows you to jot down notes about what rules and issues you identify as you read the question. Refer back to these notes to help you formulate your response.

What are Tutor Tips?2021-01-25T18:56:57+00:00

The Tutor Tips feature provides insight into how an expert breaks down the question so you can learn to read the facts with strategy and purpose.

What is the Rule Funnel feature?2021-01-25T18:57:21+00:00

The Rule Funnel feature provides a visual guide connecting the relevant facts to aspects of the law. This will help you see how certain facts trigger the consideration of various testable issues and rules.

How do I use the Grading Grids?2021-01-25T18:53:30+00:00

Our Grading Grids allow you to self-score your response. After you carefully and fairly evaluate your work, by selecting Submit, you will receive a quantitative percentage as well as qualitative feedback. This will give you a good estimate of how your answer stacks up. This provides real-time feedback that everyone studying for the exam wants and needs.

What’s the Guided Tour?2020-04-24T15:51:24+00:00

We recommend that you utilize The High Bar’s Guided Tour. It is a dynamic and adaptive learning environment. Using our unique algorithm, the Guided Tour automatically presents tasks with an emphasis on your weaker subtopics, taking into consideration the frequency with which they appear on the exam. The goal here is to help you study smarter and more efficiently.

What types of tasks are displayed on the Guided Tour?2020-04-24T15:52:06+00:00

In addition to displaying essays and performance tests that are licensed from the NCBE, the Guided Tour includes Flashcards, which drill your knowledge before and after an essay, and Mystery Essays.

What are Mystery Essays?2021-01-25T18:56:43+00:00

As the name indicates, Mystery Essays appear without an indication of the tested subject. These are intended to give you the same surprised sensation you would experience opening your test booklet. With Mystery Essays, you will be prepared to handle whatever comes your way during the bar exam.

How do I access the Guided Tour?2020-04-24T15:53:13+00:00

You can easily access the Guided Tour either through the Current Lesson on the Dashboard or by selecting Guided Tour on the Menu.

Will I be able to see future tasks in the Guided Tour?2020-04-24T15:53:58+00:00

Yes. By selecting Guided Tour on the Menu, you will be able to see your current assignment and a preview of what is coming up next.

Where can I find my performance on the Guided Tour?2020-04-24T15:54:23+00:00

Your history or assignments and performance on the tasks can be found by selecting Guided Tour on the Menu. You can easily go back to review your work and review any notes that you made.

Help! My Guided Tour is “stuck” on the essay I just “completed”?2020-04-24T15:55:13+00:00

Don’t worry. The solution is easy. Within the essay, select Submit. This will move you on to the next task.

What’s the Self-Guided option?2020-04-24T15:56:25+00:00

The Self-Guided option allows you to “choose your own adventure.” All of the Subjects, Your Accuracy, and Progress will be displayed. By selecting a subject area, you can view the Flashcards for each subject as well as the practice essays.

Can I select an essay by Topic and Subtopic in the Self-Guided Mode?2020-04-24T15:56:58+00:00

Yes. Since the Self-Guided area does not leverage our unique algorithm, you will be able to sort these essays by Subject, Topic, and Subtopic.

Does the Self-Guided option include Mystery essays?2020-04-24T15:58:40+00:00

No. In order to practice with Mystery Essays, please use the Guided Tour.

How do I access Self-Guided mode?2020-04-24T15:59:33+00:00

You can easily access the Self-Guided area of the database by selecting Self-Guided on the Menu.

Where can I find my performance on the Self-Guided Mode?2020-04-24T16:00:02+00:00

You can find your performance on Self-Guided tasks by selecting Self-Guided on the Menu. You can select any subject to see what you have completed. You can easily go back to review your work and review any notes that you made.

Does The High Bar’s Writing Guide provide automatic access to substantive flashcards?2020-04-24T17:46:11+00:00

Yes. Substantive flashcards for all tested subjects are included with your subscription to The Writing Guide.

These Flashcards are a great supplement to your substantive review. They are designed to specifically highlight testable areas on the MEE. These are also spattered with test-taking tips with how these concepts might appear on the test.

Are flashcards updated to reflect changes in the law?2020-04-24T17:47:15+00:00

Yes. At The High Bar, we keep our materials up-to-date. If the law changes, we make sure our flashcards and essays reflect these changes.

Can I view flashcards on a mobile device?2020-04-24T17:47:48+00:00

Yes. You can view flashcards and your progress easily from any mobile device or computer.

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