The essay examination consists of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The MEE consists of six thirty minute questions administered in a three hour session on Tuesday morning. The MPT will be administered on Tuesday afternoon and consist of two questions in a three hour session. Past MEE and MPT questions are available from the National Conference of Bar Examiners at .
“There is a system for handling the law school essay exam well. It's the single most important key to law school success. Its creator is Wentworth Miller, founder of LEEWS. A friend who made law review discovered that every one of his fellow editors had taken LEEWS in their first semester of law school, as had he. Other than this book, LEEWS is the best thing you could possibly have going for you.”
— PLANET LAW SCHOOL (1998), pp. 83, 89.*
Taking an Essay Exam - Indiana University Bloomington
Studying for an essay test requires a special method of preparationdistinctly different from a multiple-choice test. Whether "open-book,""open-note," or without any aids at all, most studentsfind essay exams among the hardest they face.
You may often be asked in college to take essay exams. In certain ways, the same principles for writing good out-of-class essays apply to writing good in-class essays as well. For example, both kinds of essays are more successful when you take into consideration your purpose, audience and information; when you develop a thesis with support; when you prove your assertions with evidence; when you guide your readers with transitions, etc. Write out your essay, using good writing techniques. As was said earlier, essay exams are like other essays, so use the same good writing strategies you use for other kinds of writing. Keep in mind that your purpose is to persuade your reader—the examiner—that you know the material.Read the questions thoroughly. Take a few minutes before writing your essay to read the question carefully in order to determine exactly what you are being asked to do. Most essay exam questions, or “prompts,” are carefully worded and contain specific instructions about WHAT you are to write about as well as HOW you should organize your answer. The prompt may use one or more of the following terms. If you see one of these terms, try to organize your essay to respond to the question or questions indicated.At some time in your undergraduate career, you’re going to have to write an essay exam. This thought can inspire a fair amount of fear: we struggle enough with essays when they aren’t timed events based on unknown questions. The goal of this handout is to give you some easy and effective strategies that will help you take control of the situation and do your best.