Chapter
07

What MBE Practice Questions to Use & Where to Find Them

(including Free MBE Question Sets)

We are often asked what practice questions to use when preparing for the MBE?

Our answer is always the same… take practice questions from as many different sources as possible. If you can afford it, you should take a mix of NCBE, BarBri, and Kaplan questions. This will get you acclimated to different styles and difficulty of questions, so you’ll be more prepared on exam day.

Here are some sources of practice questions, and where to find them.

NCBE Official Released Questions

MBE Online Practice Exams (OPE’s)

  • Four (4) Online Practice Exams have been released. Each OPE is a 100-question online practice exam that uses questions drawn from past MBE’s (the questions are now retired), and contains detailed explanations of why answer choices are correct/incorrect. These provide a good sample of the content in the full-length MBE.
  • The OPE’s contain questions from six MBE subject areas: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. NOTE: The OPE’s do not include Civil Procedure, which was added to the MBE in February 2015.
  • The OPE’s are $50 each ($200 for all four) on the NCBE website, and can be found here.

MBE Study Aid (released on Dec. 11, 2017)

  • The MBE Study Aid is the most recent release of past MBE questions, and contains 210 questions drawn from previous MBE’s, with 30 questions for each of the seven MBE subject areas (including Civil Procedure). The questions are grouped by subject. An answer key is included, but not explanations.
  • Each group of questions is prefaced by the relevant section of the MBE Subject Matter Outline.
  • The MBE Study Aid is $85 on the NCBE website, and can be found here.

Sample MBE Questions (FREE)

  • The NCBE has released 10 MBE Civil Procedure Sample Test Questions. These include an answer key and explanations. These can be downloaded for free here.
  • The NCBE has also released 21 MBE Sample Test Questions. An answer key is provided, but not explanations. These can be downloaded for free here.

Older Released MBE Questions (FREE)

  • 1,181 past MBE questions have been released from very old exams (1972-1998), and can be downloaded for free via the links below.
MBE administered in Feb. 1991 Sample MBE (200 Questions)
MBE administered in July 1991 Sample MBE II (200 Questions)
MBE administered in July 1998 Sample MBE III (200 Questions)
MBE’s administered between 1972-1991 581 Sample MBE Questions
  • We recommend that you DO NOT use these questions for three reasons. First, no explanations are provided. Second, the question format and law tested is now outdated. Third, even the NCBE does not recommend their use on their website.5

You can Purchase the Released MBE Questions at a Substantial Discount!
SmartBarPrep has licensed the following MBE materials from the NCBE, and are offering them at a substantial discount.

  • MBE Practice Exam 1 (100 Questions) + Explanations
  • MBE Practice Exam 2 (100 Questions) + Explanations
  • MBE Practice Exam 3 (100 Questions) + Explanations
  • MBE Practice Exam 4 (100 Questions) + Explanations
  • MBE Study Aid (210 Questions & Answer Key) + MBE Scope Outlines
  • 10 Sample Civil Procedure MBE Questions + Explanations

For only $150 you can purchase these released MBE questions. That is a savings of $135 if you were to purchase the same questions from the NCBE directly. For more details, please visit our website here.

Other Sources of MBE Practice Questions

Besides the official released NCBE questions, you should also use practice MBE questions from commercial bar review courses, such as BarBri or Kaplan.

If you can afford it, you should use both BarBri and Kaplan questions as part of your bar preparation. Each company’s questions are drafted slightly differently, which will acclimate you to different types of question styles. We believe these questions are usually more difficult than the actual questions on the MBE. Because of this, these questions are extremely helpful because it really trains you to spot the nuances in the law, and if you’re scoring well on these “harder” questions then it’s likely you’ll do well on the actual MBE.

Even if you aren’t enrolled in their bar review course, MBE Question books from BarBri and Kaplan can generally be found on eBay from past examinees (just make sure to buy a book without any markings).

5See, http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/preparing/ (“Because these questions are outdated, NCBE does not recommend their use but nevertheless makes them available because the questions may still be in use by commercial bar review courses under a licensing agreement with NCBE.”).