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Adaptibar-worth the $400?

Has anyone here used Adaptibar as a supplement to a bar revi dharamsala10/26/17
Has the bar changed a lot in the last 17 years? I did PMBR a notreallyalawyer10/27/17
Haha, the more things change... my prep pretty much consiste wolfman10/27/17
which bar exam? I recall my local village libary had bar exa notreallyalawyer10/27/17
I have not used Adaptibar, but in my (limited) experience do wolfman10/26/17
Yes, get it. You should aim to do at least 1,500 questions. mtbislife10/26/17
I used adaptibar almost exclusively and passed. Knowing the wcdtax10/27/17
Yes, I'm taking the bar in a UBE state (NJ). dharamsala10/27/17
I didn't use it, but my friend did. We both passed. I had Ba thirdtierlaw10/27/17
I used similar software from MicroMash (which no longer exis onehell10/27/17
I used Adaptibar and thought it was very helpful. I learn by spaghetti10/28/17
I had friends who used it and they said they liked it, but t micati81510/28/17
Someone told me once that this was a potential character and esquire13810/29/17
I didn't use it so I'm not sure how it works... and/or if th micati81510/31/17
If desperate themis has free lectures for lawclasses in bar esquire13811/02/17
dharamsala (Oct 26, 2017 - 8:37 pm)

Has anyone here used Adaptibar as a supplement to a bar review course? Is it indispensable? I know that it uses official MBE questions, but the high price tag is deterring me.

I'm registered for Themis, and will probably get the Critical Pass flashcards.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 27, 2017 - 9:36 am)

Has the bar changed a lot in the last 17 years? I did PMBR and Barbri and passed with flying colors. PMBR is so much harder than the actual bar exam that the bar exam MBE seems easy.

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wolfman (Oct 27, 2017 - 10:36 am)

Haha, the more things change... my prep pretty much consisted of going through a 3-year-old Kaplan/PMBR Red Book with 1000+ questions that I bought off a girl on Craigslist.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 27, 2017 - 11:03 am)

which bar exam? I recall my local village libary had bar exam review books, though you can't write in them and i didn't use them, it was nice to know there was a free option. But I thought the barbri lectures were helpful. Kind of like when I was in high school if I read shakespeare i could never understand it, but if I listened to a reading of it, I could completely understand it.

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wolfman (Oct 26, 2017 - 10:31 pm)

I have not used Adaptibar, but in my (limited) experience doing MBE questions has been absolutely crucial. Since I did virtually nothing else (except for listening to and taking notes on an audio class on state law), I am inclined to regard other things as a waste. So IF you think AdaptBar will help you do lots and lots of MBE questions and carefully review explanations for each one immediately after you do it, it may be worth it. Just my 2 cents.

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mtbislife (Oct 26, 2017 - 11:02 pm)

Yes, get it. You should aim to do at least 1,500 questions. Pattern recognition is yuge on the MBE. Flash cards are not as good as real practice questions because you can know the rule and exceptions and still get tricked on the multiple choice, in the fact the entire test is pretty much designed to trick and make you second guess yourself.

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wcdtax (Oct 27, 2017 - 9:35 am)

I used adaptibar almost exclusively and passed. Knowing the MBE questions drive home all the background you need to adequately prepare the essays.

The test I took was UBE, it may be better as a supplement for state specific essay tests.

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dharamsala (Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 am)

Yes, I'm taking the bar in a UBE state (NJ).

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thirdtierlaw (Oct 27, 2017 - 1:00 pm)

I didn't use it, but my friend did. We both passed. I had Barbri and through them they had practice questions I could do on my phone.

I think that was the most important piece of me passing. Do the multiple choice and read why every answer is right and wrong. It's great prep for the essays. I'm suspect the rules sections in my essays came practically verbatim from the Barbri multiple choice answers.

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onehell (Oct 27, 2017 - 2:42 pm)

I used similar software from MicroMash (which no longer exists) and found it indispensable. They had outlines and an essay grading service but the software was the main component. Didn't use anything else.

In fact, since most essay questions really just test MBE subjects anyway, and because the MBE is much easier to rack up points on to insulate against low essay scores, I bet that you could get by pretty much with Adaptibar alone, and the practice essays that are freely released by the bar.

I actually think it's the traditional bar course that supplements something like Adaptibar, not the other way around.

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spaghetti (Oct 28, 2017 - 5:18 am)

I used Adaptibar and thought it was very helpful. I learn by example and doing well on the MBE = autopass, so I focused on MBE questions. I really liked having access to all the sample questions and that it would chart your % of what you got right.

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micati815 (Oct 28, 2017 - 11:16 pm)

I had friends who used it and they said they liked it, but that it only focused on what you got wrong and not the areas you got right. i/e once you got a topic right you never saw it again. They really liked the instant feedback but didn't like that they spent so much time focusing on the areas they got wrong that they started to forget the stuff they previously got right.

Overall, they really liked it. -- They split the cost and shared the account.

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esquire138 (Oct 29, 2017 - 6:35 pm)

Someone told me once that this was a potential character and fitness issue, but I always imagined that a decent number of people do that too (especially with the more expensive ones like barbri) Someone told me that they track your IP and times logged in, but even though I don't doubt they collect it automatically I suspect they have too large of a volume to dedicate any policing into it. I loosely recall electronically agreeing not to share.

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micati815 (Oct 31, 2017 - 3:03 am)

I didn't use it so I'm not sure how it works... and/or if they track at all. But since the same account can be used on many platforms (phone, tablet, computer) how would they know if a device was yours or not?

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esquire138 (Nov 2, 2017 - 6:25 pm)

If desperate themis has free lectures for lawclasses in bar topic subjects online, or at least used to. Also free is barprephero.com

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