What are the Most Tested Topics on the MBE?
The Multi-state Bar Examination (MBE®) is the multiple choice portion of the bar exam that is worth between 40-50% of your total score! Crazy right? The craziest part is that it is the most predictable portion of the exam. Great news!
Weird MBE Facts... but cool to know...
The MBE consists of 200 questions, but only 175 of them are actually graded! The 25 that are not accounted for are just testers (possibly for future exams).
Okay, okay, why this matters…
- The MBE is comprised of 7 different subjects
- The MBE covers 25 questions per subject
200-175=25 | 25*7=175
So... the most tested MBE subjects & topics …
1 - Civil Procedure
The most heavily tested Civil Procedure topics are:
- Jurisdiction & Venue
- Pre-Trial Procedures
You can expect to see five or six questions from each of these topics, which account for approximately 67% of the graded Civil Procedure questions.
2 - Constitutional Law
The most heavily weighted topic in Constitutional Law is Individual Rights.
This topic, alone, accounts for 12-13 questions, which is approximately 50% of the graded Constitutional Law questions.
3 - Contracts
The most heavily weighted topics in Contracts are:
- Formation of Contracts
- Performance, Breach, and Discharge
You can expect to see six or seven questions from each of these topics, which account for approximately 50% of the graded Contracts questions.
4 - Criminal Law & Procedure
The most heavily weighted topic in Criminal Law & Procedure is Constitutional Protection of Accused Persons.
This topic, alone, accounts for 12-13 questions, which is approximately 50% of the graded Criminal Law and Procedure questions.
5 - Evidence
The most heavily weighted topics in Evidence are:
- Presentation of Evidence
You can expect to see eight or nine questions about Relevancy and six or seven about Presentation of Evidence and Hearsay. In total, these three topics account for approximately 83% of the graded Evidence questions.
6 - Real Property
The most heavily weighted topics in Real Property are:
- Ownership of Real Property
- Rights in Real Property
- Real Estate Contracts
Real property is the one subject where all major topics are tested equally. You can expect to see five or six questions from each of these topics.
7 - Torts
The most heavily weighted topic in Torts is Negligence.
This topic, alone, accounts for 12-13 questions, which is approximately 50% of the graded Torts questions.
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As you can see, there is so much to know about and our brains are only so big. This is why it is critical to start studying to have a strong understanding of these topics before diving into the bar exam. 90 days is sufficient to get you where you need to be to kill this exam. Studying for too long will make your brain muscles sore, and you won’t be at 100% come exam day.
Make MBE prep part of your 90 day bar review plan and master the content in all 7 subjects: