The July 2012 MBE was a very manageable exam if you can absorb the information contained in my Multistate Bar Exam Review. It seems like the NCBE should change the name of the subject 'Real Property' to 'Mortgage Law'.
With that said, I would like to offer 5 tips for taking the MBE:
1. Bring a wristwatch that you will wear during the exam. Those fancy digital timers that you no doubt kept from your LSAT prep are disallowed according to the NCBE. Only analog wristwatches with alarms disabled are permitted. And you have to keep it on your wrist during the exam. PAULLAW TIP: Practice with the tools you will be forced to use on exam day.
2. Leave your pillows and stuffed animals at the hotel. Simulate the lack of amenities you will have on exam day. Practice taking questions at home in a metal folding chair at a wooden table. That is most likely the type of furniture you will have to deal with on test day.
3. Doing 3000 MBE questions is great if you've got the time, but if you're doing a bunch of questions instead of studying law the night before the MBE, you might be making a mistake. I avoid practice MBE questions for 2 weeks before the test. Instead, I spend the time on reviewing black letter law. This does not work for everyone. However, doing practice questions that look nothing like the real thing and cover topics that are rarely tested on the MBE constitutes a waste of time.
4. Generally, the MBE will have one section that is noticeably easier than the other. So if you felt like the morning session was brutally difficult, chances are that the afternoon session will be kinder to your brain. Sometimes one section will contain questions that require much more reading so the examinee has to increase their pace to complete the session. Simulated MBEs should teach the examinee when to move on to the next question.
5, Beware of the crossover question. You might see a question that evokes civil procedure or something from wills and trusts. Don't panic! Answer based on the call of the question and leave imaginative interpretations of exam questions to others.