The thick of June is upon us and many people ask me how many MBE practice questions should they complete before the bar exam. My personal opinion is that quality is more important than quantity.
I would say that doing between 2000-3000 questions will provide a solid foundation for MBE prep. However, not all practice MBE questions are created equally.
From my personal bar exam prep, I've found that the old Kaplan/PMBR MBE questions can be difficult and tricky but no longer resemble your typical MBE question. For example, the old PMBR questions contained multiple parts so you would see something like this: The following fact pattern concerns questions 1-4. The actual MBE does not do this. If you've gotten your hands on old PMBR questions, you should know that some of these questions are identical to a small handful that you MAY encounter on the actual MBE (see the attached famous case regarding this), however, the NCBE has done away with much of this over the last 5 years.
Barbri's practice MBE questions more closely resemble the actual MBE questions but the Barbri questions tend to be a bit easier than the actual questions on the MBE.
There are many more resources for practice questions such as Themis, Adaptibar, Flemmings, etc. etc.. Depending on who you talk to, someone will swear by one of these products to get you prepared for the July MBE.
However, doing 20 questions on the Rule against perpetuities will be a waste of time as the NCBE rarely tests this topic anymore. Likewise with future interests. The amount of questions you will encounter on these topics simply does not justify the amount of time you may spend trying to master the concepts.
Some test-takers tell me that they are going to take practice MBEs up until the Wednesday of the actual MBE. I've always preferred to leave the last 2 weeks of bar study to memorize black letter law (and its' exceptions, of course). I just feel that this is a more proper use of my time than doing and reviewing MBE questions that may not resemble anything I might see on Wednesday.
I prefer to do around 2,000 to 2,500 MBE practice questions in total, including simulated exams. Depending on your knowledge and comfort level, you could possibly score high enough to pass simply by doing 1,000 to 1,500 questions but I do not recommend this. I've seen examinees brag on the internet about doing 4,000 to 5,000 practice questions and I feel that for most people this is too much.
As with all of the advice offered in this blog, you should take it as such. Every person learns differently and if doing 5,000 MBE questions up to the Wednesday of the bar exam is going to put you over the top, then go ahead and do it.