The Smart Guide to the MPT

A Guide to Mastering the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

Chapter
04

Types of MPT Questions & Tasks

What You’ll Learn:

  • Types of MPT Questions & Tasks
  • How often each MPT Task has been tested… with MPT Frequency Chart

Types of MPT Questions & Tasks

Each MPT question contains a drafting assignment… also called a “Task”.  For example, examinees may be asked to draft a memorandum, brief, or any other “lawyerly task.”

The Task assigned varies per MPT question.  To date, 11 different types of Tasks have been tested.

Objective Memorandum, Opinion Letter, Persuasive Brief, Persuasive/Demand Letter, Persuasive Memorandum, Draft Agreement/Contract, Draft Causes of Action, Draft Closing Argument, Draft Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law, Draft Interrogatories, Draft Will

MPT Frequency Chart

The chart below shows just how often each Task was tested.

MPT Task Appearance on Past Exams

As you can see, certain Tasks have been tested much more often than others.  For example, examinees were asked to draft an Objective Memorandum on 45+ MPT questions… that’s almost half of the total MPT questions administered! 

Even though you must practice each type of Task, you should prioritize the MPT Tasks tested most often by the bar examiners.  You can use the MPT Frequency Chart above to focus your studying.

Smart Guide to the MPT

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