I Failed The Bar Exam. What Are My Chances Of Passing the Next Bar Exam?
Disappointing News Alert: According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners 2016 nationwide statistics, bar exam repeaters passed at a significantly lower rate than first timers. In fact, every year the results are the same; your best chance of passing the bar exam is the first time you take it. So unfortunately, in answer to the second most frequently asked question at Marino Bar Review, your chances of passing the next bar exam become much more challenging, but certainly not impossible.
Here’s some considerations to increase your chances of passing the next bar exam:
- START BY FIGURING OUT WHAT WENT WRONG BY ANALYZING YOUR SCORE REPORT TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU FAILED THE BAR EXAM.
Your bar results will provide a well trained eye the ability to see where you went astray on the exam and specifically where you need to improve. Unfortunately, many test takers do not understand the numbers and misinterpret their scores. Many times, students who have failed the bar exam believe that it was one section of the exam that sunk them when in reality it was a different part. If you haven’t already done so, you can submit your bar exam score sheet here to have one of our experienced bar exam consultants review your scores at no charge and give you detailed guidance in how to study for the next bar exam.
- YOU MUST CONSIDER HOW MUCH TIME YOU CAN DEVOTE TO STUDYING AND HOW BEST TO MAXIMIZE THE LIMITED TIME AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE WORKING.
Most first time bar exam takers are not working and can study full time during the summer. Now, on subsequent attempts, many will be working and juggling studying and the day-to-day problems that come with life. This time around, it is the quality, not quantity of your study that will make or break you. You need to customize your schedule to fit your needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach that you likely tried the first time.
- WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON AND A STUDY PLAN, IT’S NOW TIME TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS. BUT THIS TIME TRY STUDYING RULES AND NOT LAW.
The bar exam is not a super all time final and it is not a competition to see who can learn the most law. It is testing your ability under pressure to recognize what is at controversy within the test question and show good lawyerly reasoning to come to a sound resolution of the problem at issue. The Bar Exam tests rules not law. Don’t waste hours of time watching videos and going to lectures. Get right down to the rules being tested and make sure you are memorizing the most important elements.
- PRACTICE DOESN’T MAKE PERFECT, BUT PERFECT PRACTICE DOES.
Doing lots of practice questions is a very good idea, but a better idea is to know a method for approaching questions and implementing it on the exam. After all, at the end of the day, the Bar Exam is just a test with a passing score, and your goal is to score as many points as possible. Knowing the law helps a ton, but knowing the test helps even more. Learn the most effective method for writing essays and for approaching the MBE.
- THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP. CONSIDER WORKING WITH A TUTOR TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF PASSING.
Working with an experienced bar exam tutor can significantly increase your chances of passing the bar exam. The right tutor can even keep you on a schedule. If you are having trouble with a particular section of the exam, or a particular substantive topic, a tutor can evaluate your skills and give you strategies and methods for improving your proficiency. A tutor can help drill you on the rules of law and give you personal feedback on your Essays, MPTs, and MBE problems. A tutor has an objective eye and can be an effective resource to increase your odds of passing the next bar exam.
In conclusion, while there are many factors to consider when preparing for the next bar exam, it is important that you remember to study smart. You need a balanced preparation working holistically on all parts of the exam. You have to be confident and forget about your disappointing bar exam results and work towards getting even by passing the next bar exam.
If you would like more detailed and individualized feedback about what you need to do to prepare for the next bar exam, please just email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.
We wish you good luck on passing the next bar exam!