« on: March 03, 2011, 10:59:00 AM »
First, the MPRE is stupidly easy, you could probably pass it just based on a little common sense. It is nothing like a law school final - it is all multiple choice. There's not a penalty for getting questions wrong and the required scores are so low that I think you only need to know 25% of the answers and you can guess on the rest (check the math, but its something like that). Make sure you do the basic administrative stuff right and observe all the rules (filling in the boxes, spelling your name correctly etc) - this is probably the hardest thing about the test.
As for studying it is helpful to know the model rules half-way well, hopefully you've learned about conflicts and stuff in professional responsibility. Barbri and Kaplan were handing out free materials at my law school before the MPRE. I grabbed one of their books and spent half of the day before the test studying it and doing some practice questions and that was way too much studying as it turned out (needed 80 points or something like that, got about 140 iirc). I think I used the free kaplan book, but don't remember for sure. It was purple and about 3/8" thick.
Don't be surprised if some questions are poorly written and have no correct answer or two correct answers. I found it not to be the highest quality test in the world, but it doesn't matter really as the standards are so incredibly low, just don't let it blow your concentration.
Unlike the lsat and to some extent the bar exam, there isn't much time pressure. I don't remember the number of questions and time allotted right now, but I'm not a fast test-taker and I finished way, way early - I want to say in about half the time allotted and the room was half-empty by then so I wasn't anomalous (though admittedly the sample was not normal as the test was on campus and there were a lot of students from my school there who are all generally good test takers).
Two rules of thumb that were suggested to me and seem generally correct are
1. when it doubt, screw the lawyer
2. pick the second-most ethical answer.