My route to becoming an attorney was circuitous and, perhaps, unconventional. And, AdaptiBar was crucial to my success on the California Bar Exam.
I qualified for the exam by completing the Law Office Study Program, a four-year path, that I began after starting a family and well after my undergrad studies (I will be 40 this year). The first time I prepped for the exam, I did a self-study approach and hobbled together various resources: MBEs released in the 90s, Emmanuel's MBE bible (part one and two), practice questions on the NCBE website, and various other study materials I found. During the exam, my time per question fluctuated dramatically and I found myself rushing at times to keep pace. My score was about 100 points shy of 1440.
The second time preparing, I paid for BarBri and did my best to follow the schedule set, including the MBE prep. I know it helped prepare me, but I never liked BarBri's MBE questions, and I kept wondering why the program doesn't use actual MBE questions from the NCBE. A recommendation from a friend turned me on to AdaptiBar about halfway through. I fielded about 900 questions on AdaptiBar, reviewed Emmanuel's books again, and tried some more BarBri MBEs. My timing was better on the exam, and my MBE score was in the 1480s. But, my essays, particularly the PT score, dragged me down, 14 points below passing!
The third (and final!) time, I used BarBri (free for 1 repeat exam) for substantive review and used AdaptiBar only for MBEs (no flash cards or videos, just the main plan). I made use of all of AdaptiBar's tools: practice mode, made tests for individual subjects, drilled down into subtopics, etc. Most of all, I read every single answer, whether I got the question right or wrong, including the extended explanations. From the data, I saw where I needed to improve and dug in deeper. I ended up taking just about all of the 1900 questions. During the AM portion of the exam, I had to get back on track for time once. During the PM session, I finished several minutes early and had a chance to go back over some questions I had trouble with. One really cool thing on AdaptiBar is that you can see your performance in terms of the different ranges of time spent on them. I saw that I performed best when I answered them in less than 1 minute. I suppose that meant I could have worked faster on the exam; there were people around me who finished before the 15 minute warning. But, what taking so many questions allowed me to do was to answer some quickly and spend more time on others. I don't know my passing score on the MBE, but if I had to guess, I would say over 1500.
The bottom line for me is: 1) don't skimp on the substantive review and 2) take way more questions than you think you need. I think it took me so many times to pass because, aside from major life events that affected my ability to study, I simply needed to know more about the black-letter law. You can use whatever strategy to narrow down your choices from A, B, C, and D, ( I liked the method of reading the call first, then the fact pattern, and think about what the answer is before reading any of the choices). But, you still have to know the rules and exceptions to take it from there. The tools available on AdaptiBar to zero in on where I needed work, combined with the explanations, made a huge difference for me. For the price, this program is a tremendous value and I would recommend it to anyone.
Good luck to anyone reading this review. Study hard. Don't give in. Believe in yourself.