For those of you typing your bar exams, I hope you can type fast. The average typing speed is 40 words per minute but a good typing speed ideally is 50 to 70 words per minute.
There are excellent resources for learning how to type or increase your speed. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing by Broderbund is often recommended . If you use an Apple computer, Typist is a good free program.
Bar graders have a limited amount of time to grade your essays and performance tests. California recently started displaying the character count on the essays & performance tests returned to unsuccessful applicants. This leads me to believe that it is quite possible that graders are looking at your character counts as closely as they are the content of your essays.
While it is imperative to get the black letter law correct and to analyze as much as possible, it is also important to type fast. Otherwise, your answer seems truncated. I've heard Jeff Adachi and others swear that one can achieve a high score with a low word count. It is true that some people possess the ability to be economical in their word count yet cover every issue. However, most of us cannot learn this in three months, especially to the level required to achieve 70's on the California bar exam.
Think about it this way: if you encounter a products liability torts & professional liability crossover on the bar exam, you have to discuss and analyze negligence, general warranties, strict liability, etc.. Those who achieve passing scores on such an essay will be those who can type fast and analyze the probability of succeeding on each tort.
Spending even 10 minutes a day on increasing your typing speed can pay dividends on the actual bar exam. You want the bar grader to have zero doubts about your knowledge of the law. The closer you can get to typing 60 - 75 words per minute means that you can display more of the wealth of knowledge in your head for the bar grader to see.