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I offer UBE and MBE bar exam materials and advice through online subscriptions. I pride myself on understanding the UBE and MBE better than anyone else and this is reflected in my materials and advice. Over the past twelve years, I have personally worked with thousands of examinees, examined thousands of score reports, and reviewed thousands of graded essays and MPTs. Comments/testimonials from 400+ passing subscribers are here.
If you failed, you probably didn't approach the exam the correct way (in both study and practice). To compound things, it becomes harder and harder to pass the bar exam with each attempt. Statistically, the performance of exam “repeaters” is considerably lower than the performance of first-time exam takers. For example, in 2007, New York released a paper entitled "Impact of the Increase in the Passing Score on the New York Bar Examination July 2005 Bar Administration" (see http://www.nybarexam.org/press/ncberep.pdf, pages 83, 90-91). According to the study, the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated First-Time Takers was 83%; the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated Second-Time Takers was 30%; and the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated Third-Time Takers was 23.2%. Meanwhile, the projected pass rate for Foreign-Educated First-Time Takers was 43.9% while the projected pass rate for Foreign-Educated Repeaters was 13.5% (id. at pages 95, 98). As you can see, pass rates plummet for re-takers, even for the ones most likely to pass, namely Domestic-Educated takers. I believe this is because failing examinees continue to repeat the same mistakes.
Most examinees who fail the bar exam score below average on the MBE. For example, out of the 4,500+ failing examinees who have sent me their scores, their average MBE was 122 (which is about 50% correct). While each examinee is different, I strongly believe that the majority of failing examinees must focus heavily on the MBE and take calculated risks on the MEE and MPT in order to pass the exam. Accordingly, I provide materials and advice specifically intended for MBE improvement while maintaining adequate MEE and MPT performance through prioritized studying. Rather than trying to decipher what is important to know for the upcoming exam, I tell you exactly what is important to know for the MBE, MEE and MPT. This approach has brought success to a large number of failing examinees, as detailed here. I have enough confidence in what I do that I have been tracking the accuracy of my priorities for the past ten years (the last 20 exams from 2008 to present). This Post-Exam Analysis page also explains how my MEE prioritization approach works. If you are unable to subscribe, I offer a number of free materials/services such as MBE Outlines, MP3s, Score and Essay Analysis Reports, and online Score Calculators/Estimators (see below).
I currently have three different MBE subscription modules available – a prioritized MBE Rules Outline (in MP3 or PDF format) based on the 1,800+ released NCBE MBE questions (including the 210 recent MBE Study Aid questions); a 175 page MBE outline that proportionally and contentually reflects the F19 MBE exam and a combined MBE Outline that merges both outlines. I also have a UBE Essays subscription that is specifically for the MEE/MPT. This is a stand alone subscription module that is specifically for the written portion of the exam and contains all the available MEE exams with answers, comparison banks containing thousands of actual graded examinee MEE and MPT essays, MEE audio MP3s, an MEE Issue Spotting outline and an MPT Format Bible. To purchase a subscription, click here.
The comprehensive subscription for the February 2019 UBE has changed to a more inclusive bar review which will be structured like a small class with weekly sessions. Basically, it will be a hybrid between tutoring and online studying. This new Seperac F19 UBE Course is the only subscription where I will be providing subscribers with my MBE and MEE priorities for the upcoming exam.
The comprehensive subscription for the February 2019 UBE has changed to a more inclusive bar review which will be structured like a small class with weekly sessions. Basically, it will be a hybrid between tutoring and online studying. This new Seperac F19 UBE Course is the only subscription where I will be providing subscribers with my MBE and MEE priorities/predictions for the upcoming exam. Accordingly, to enroll in this course, examinees must first agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (meaning you cannot just sign up through the seperac.com web-site).
The cost for the Seperac F19 UBE Course is U.S. $3,500.00 and it will consist of the following:
The Seperac UBE Course will commence on December 17, 2018. Between now and then, any examinee that subscribes will have access to my Early Subscription site. This Early site acts as a waiting room for the Seperac UBE Course – it contains (1) an Early Study Time Allocation section that tells examinees exactly how to allocate their early study time; (2) an Early Study Materials section that provides examinees on-point and up-to-date materials to enable efficient early study; and (3) an Early Study Advice section that gives examinees advice to how to avoid the most common mistakes made by failing examinees.
From a tutoring perspective, the Seperac UBE Course will include a Study Planning Session (30 minutes), 10 MBE exams (all based on the recently released NCBE MBE questions such as OPE 1-4 exams and the MBE Study Aid), MEE questions (6 questions), MPT questions (2 questions), and an Exam Strategy Session (30 minutes). Please note I regard how I tutor as effective but unique. Accordingly, what you may expect from conventional private tutoring, you may not encounter with me. For example, aside from my input, my tutoring involves unique tools to assess your MBE, MEE and MPT ability. My focus in on the MBE with the primary goal of improving your MBE IQ so that you become a better MBE test-taker while also becoming very knowledgeable about the specific legal concepts I explain to you because these topics generally represent a significant portion of your MBE score. I provide prospective subscribers with a detailed explanation of how I do this (with samples), but examinees must sign an NDA first (more on this below).
On December 17, 2018, the Comprehensive Subscription site will be available to the course students. Included on this subscription site will be the UBE MASTER Outline (which contains my MEE predictions and expected MBE hypotheticals) along with the MBE, MEE and MPT Strategy pages and all my other materials. One if the most frequent complaints I received about the past subscription site was that the amount of content was overwhelming. The Seperac F19 UBE Course directly address this problem because I will discuss with each subscriber what materials they should and shouldn’t use depending on their situation. Each week examinees will receive an MEE or MPT assignment along with a 100 question MBE exam. What you can expect from this course are excellent materials, very useful assessment tools, my time, and my insights.
If you know me, you know I go to great lengths to explain things. As such, I also have a very comprehensive explanation of exactly what this new Seperac UBE Course will consist of, but I am being somewhat somehat cryptic about it (especially in regards to the tutoring aspect) until you sign an NDA. Accordingly, If you are interested in learning more, the first step would be to email me your unredacted UBE application receipt so I can verify your examinee status and prepare the NDA. Since this is a new endeavor and I expect some hiccups, I plan to take no more than 30 subscribers for the Seperac F19 UBE Course. I have been tutoring for years and regard this as an effective combination of tutoring and exam information (once again, I can better reassure you after the NDA). If you previously taken a bar review or tutored, I can promise you that you will find yourself much better prepared for the upcoming exam (especially the MBE) as compared with anything else you previously tried. With fewer students (giving me more time to do research), I hope to see each and every one pass.
Please keep in mind that this is not a conventional bar review course nor do not provide the same level of structure that a standard bar review provides. Accordingly, if you are a first time examinee, unless you are at-risk of failing for some reason (e.g. foreign examinee, domestic T-3/T-4 with low GPA, or part-time studier), you should take a conventional bar review instead. Most first time examinees study full-time for about 60 days using Themis, Barbri or Kaplan. They generally follow the course structure but also go off course if they think they need to. In New York over the past 20 years, the July ABA First-Timers Pass Rate is 86% while the February ABA First-Timers Pass Rate is 74%. Therefore, most first time examinees who follow this conventional route of study will pass the exam on their first attempt.
I generally work with examinees who did not succeed with conventional bar review. I also work with examinees who have a high statistical likelihood of failing on their first attempt (e.g. part-time studiers and foreign examinees). If you compare me to other bar reviews, I am rather unconventional. For example, I promote taking calculated risks and studying based on priorities I establish for each of the 364 testable MBE and MEE categories. I find that examinees that fail usually can’t absorb/process all the information a conventional bar review gives them, so I focus on cutting out whatever I regard as superfluous for the upcoming exam (e.g. see https://www.seperac.com/analysis.php) while giving these examinees the information I expect to be tested (usually with good results).
Statistically speaking, it becomes harder and harder to pass the bar exam with each attempt. For example, in 2006, a study was done in New York to examine the effects of a raised cut score. This study was done when the passing score in NY was 660 (it is raised to 665 in 2005). See "Impact of the Increase in the Passing Score on the New York Bar Examination July 2005 Bar Administration" @ http://www.nybarexam.org/press/ncberep.pdf, pages 83, 90-91. According to the study, the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated First-Time Takers was 83%; the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated Second-Time Takers was 30%; and the projected pass rate for Domestic-Educated Third-Time Takers was 23.2%. Meanwhile, the projected pass rate for Foreign-Educated First-Time Takers was 43.9% while the projected pass rate for Foreign-Educated Repeaters was 13.5% (id. at pages 95, 98). As you can see, pass rates plummet for re-takers, even for the ones most likely to pass, namely Domestic-Educated takers.
While there are undoubtedly many reasons why re-takers do worse on the exam, I believe the main reason is because failing examinees are unable to do well on the MBE. I find that an examinee generally fails the exam (and becomes a re-taker) because they do poorly on the MBE. Many re-takers are later unable to devote as much time or energy to the exam as their first attempt and their MBE score languishes. Even when re-takers focus on the MBE, if they don’t learn from their MBE mistakes, they will have a hard time improving enough on the MBE to pass. For some students, passing the bar is easy, while others have a real problem with the bar. Those students aren’t necessarily inept or lazy, but they don’t standardize test well and they study inefficiently (e.g. pointlessly trying to memorize all the information rather than prioritizing it). Inefficient study affects all examinees, but it most seriously impacts at-risk examinees. I regard an at-risk examinee as one who is statistically more likely to fail the exam than pass it. At risk-examinees include all repeat takers and most part-time studiers. I made a UBE Score Estimator (which is primarily based on NYBOLE/NCBE studies) so examinees can predict an estimate of their total UBE score based on the entered demographic/grade data. The further away you are from passing, the fewer inefficiencies you can have in your studies. For example, a Domestic-educated Caucasian First-Time examinee with a high LSAT/LGPA can study rather inefficiently (e.g. not study full-time, put a lower percentage of their time into MBE study, or answer MBE practice questions from only one source, or answer only a few hundred MBE questions in practice) and still pass the exam. In contrast, if you are on the other end of the spectrum (Foreign-educated Non-Caucasian Repeat-Taker), you can’t afford any inefficiencies in your studies.
Examinees that follow my methodologies put a disproportionate amount of their study-time into the MBE and then take calculated risks on the MEE and MPT using my materials/priorities/predictions. This is what I find that works for at-risk examinees. Otherwise, lower-ability examinees try to be good at everything, but if their MBE score languishes, they almost always fail. For example, out of the 4,500+ failing examinees that have sent me their scores over the past 10 years, only 110 failed with an MBE score above 140. This means that 98% of these examinees failed with an MBE below 140.
The Seperac UBE Course includes access to all the content on the Seperac subscription sites, including all MBE/MEE predictions/priorities. The Seperac UBE Course will commence on December 17, 2018. Between now and then, any examinee that enrolls will have access to my Early Subscription site. This Early site acts as a waiting room for the Seperac UBE Course – it contains (1) an Early Study Time Allocation section that tells examinees exactly how to allocate their early study time; (2) an Early Study Materials section that provides examinees on-point and up-to-date materials to enable efficient early study; and (3) an Early Study Advice section that gives examinees advice to how to avoid the most common mistakes made by failing examinees. The Seperac UBE Course Subscription materials (available December 17, 2018) consists of the following materials/information:
COMBINED MBE-MEE MATERIALS
• Seperac UBE Master Outline
• Seperac MEE Master-Topic Summaries Outline
• Seperac MEE Master-Topic Summaries MP3s
• Seperac MEE Master-Released Answer Compilation
• Seperac UBE FINAL REVIEW outline
• MBE Practice Tracking Spreadsheet
• MBE Legal Terminology List
• MBE Online Flashcard exams
• Prioritized MBE Rules outline based on 1,800+ NCBE MBE questions
• MP3 audio files of the 1,800+ NCBE MBE rules
• MBE Rules spreadsheet based on 1,800+ NCBE NON-OPE MBE questions
• MBE Strategies page
• MBE Study page
• MBE statistics/analytics
• MBE Word Matrix Calculator
• Individual PDFs of the past 48 MEE Exams
• MP3s of the last 20 MEE exams
• MEE Word Calculator
• MEE Quick Review Issue Spotting Compendium
• MEE Quick Review Issue Spotting Compendium MP3s
• Top 50 MEE Questions with MP3s
• MEE Essay Comparison Banks
• MEE Strategies page
• MEE Study page
• Seperac MPT Outline
• Seventeen MPT Comparisons
• MPT Format Bible
• MPT Study Page
• MPT Strategies page
• Advice on Top 15 mistakes examinees make
• UBE Strategies page
• Study Time Allocation Calculator
• Question Forum
Accordingly, If you are interested in learning more, the first step would be to email me your unredacted UBE application receipt so I can verify your examinee status and prepare the preliminary NDA. If you are still interested in the Seperac F19 UBE Course after you submit an NDA and review my detailed explanation, the next step would be a telephone/skype interview where we will discuss your current situation and I can answer any additional questions you may have. If I determine that the course will be a good fit for you, I will then send you the information to how to subscribe. Please note that I honestly don’t know what kind of interest this course will receive, but I do plan to keep it small.
If you are looking for something less, I currently have three different MBE subscriptions available – a prioritized MBE Rules Outline (in MP3 or PDF format) based on the 1,800+ released NCBE MBE questions (including the 210 recent MBE Study Aid questions); a 175 page MBE outline that proportionally and contentually reflects the F19 MBE exam and a combined MBE Outline that merges both outlines (see https://mberules.com/). I also have a UBE Essays subscription that is specifically for the MEE/MPT (see https://ubeessays.com/).
Regardless of what you choose to do, I wish you the best of efficiency in your studies.
I also tutor subject to availability.
I also provide the following free materials/tools/services to bar examinees:
MBE OUTLINES: My old black letter law MBE outlines from 2005 (I scored a 162 on the MBE largely due to these outlines) can be downloaded here. While a lot has changed with the MBE since 2005, the core information is still relevant.
MEE MP3s: A free sample set of MP3s from the February 2008 MEE can be downloaded here. Additional MP3s wiill be added as time permits. The UBE Essays subscription contains 36 hours of MP3 audio files covering the last 200+ MEE questions and NCBE Answer Analyses (from July 2007 to Feb 2018). Every examinee should listen to MP3s during their studies to see if they find an auditory learning style effective. However, even if you are not an auditory learner, you should take advantage of these MP3s to form different memory impressions when you study.
UBE SCORE ESTIMATOR: The Seperac UBE Score Estimator will give you a good idea of your odds of passing based on the demographic and grade information you enter.
BAR EXAM SCORE CALCULATORS: I create accurate score calculators based on prior exams to allow examinees to test various scoring scenarios and estimate their upcoming exam performance (e.g. if you are sitting for the J18 exam, you should experiment with the J17 calculator).
SCORE ANALYSIS REPORT: If you failed the UBE exam, I can provide you with a free 14 page confidential analysis of your scoring along with my advice. I've helped over 4,500 examinees with these free analysis reports.
MEE/MPT ANALYSIS REPORT: If you also have your written answers, I can provide you with a free 43 page MEE/MPT Analysis which will tell you a number of useful things such as how well you issue spotted. More information regarding this report is here.
MBE SUBSCORE ANALYSIS: If you are in a non-UBE state (e.g. California), while I can't send you a score report, I can give you a breakdown of your MBE subscores.
POST-EXAM ANALYSIS: If you recently took the UBE exam and think you may not have passed, there is a post-exam form for examinees. Filling out this form immediately after you take the exam (while the information is still fresh in your mind) can help you later. For example, using this information, I track the key details of your attempt, so if you later find that you failed the exam, I will try to match your responses/statistics to whoever previously submitted the most comparable details (and later passed) to give you their advice on what worked for them.
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