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Your submission was successful. I generally respond by email within one day, but it can be much longer if I am still collecting scores from a recent exam in order to calculate the scaling. However, if you don't receive a response from me within 10 days, please email me at joe@seperac.com to let me know. For submitting your information, I will email to you the the coupon code to receive $25 off to the MBE RULES or UBE ESSAYS subscription modules when I send you the analysis.

If you find my statistical analysis useful, I can also provide you with a free 45 page MEE/MPT Analysis report if you have your MEE/MPT answers. For example, NY BOLE releases essays specifically to enable examinees can identify their deficiencies. In a 1995 bill to amend the Judiciary Law, the bill stated that it was in New York State's "best interest to insure that all bar applicants are given an equal opportunity to pass the NYS Bar Examination. Disclosure of past testing materials and applicant examinations allow prospective attorneys to become aware of testing subject matter and methodology so that otherwise qualified attorneys are not defeated in their attempts to pass the bar examination." You disadvantage yourself if you do not order and review your essays because you will not know what mistakes to correct (e.g. are you a poor issue spotter, was your format incorrect, was your writing style poor, or how did your answers compare to the released above average answers and other examinees). The free 45 page MEE/MPT Analysis report which will tell you how effective your issue-spotting was on the MEE along with a good deal of statistical information on the MEE and MPT. The NY BOLE link to order essays is here. In NY, the cost for a failed applicant’s own essay answers is $40 (as of 12/1/18) and it must be paid by certified check or money order payable to "NYS Board of Law Examiners." The deadline to order your essays is generally 60 days after scores are released. If you are a foreign examinee and have difficulty paying by certified check or money order, let me know as I order essays for a number of foreign examinees every administration.

Click here for a letter template to request your essays from NY BOLE (modify as needed)

New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza Building 3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, New York 12203-5195

To whom it may concern:
 
Please send me copies of the essay questions and copies of above average sample candidate answers for the _____________ bar exam along with a copy of my own essay answers. My email address is _________________. Please find enclosed a money order payable to the New York State Board of Law Examiners in the amount of $70.00 ($40 for my own answers, $15 for the essay questions, and $15 for the sample answers).  

 

Essay Report

If you order your essays in NY, you will receive a PDF of your answers by email in 1-2 weeks. If you are interested, I can provide you with a free confidential statistical analysis of your essays (45+ pages long). I examine UBE exam MEE/MPTs using the same methodology as the score analysis. In the past few years, I have sent a free MEE/MPT Analysis report to over 700 examinees encompassing over 3,500 Essays/MPTs. This 45+ page analysis reports statistics such as words, characters, paragraphs, sentences, sentences per paragraph, words per sentence, characters per word, Flesch reading ease, and Flesch-Kincaid grade level. The analysis illustrates how your answers statistically differ from the released above average answers and other examinee essays. The essays/MPTs are examined against the released above average essays/MPTs and the essays/MPTs of other failing examinees. I also analyze word frequencies and report any useful data. For example, a recent enhancement to this Essay/MPT comparison is that I now include MPTs from other jurisdictions (i.e. if another state uses the same MPT for their exam and releases above average exemplars, I include these MPTs in the MPT analysis and comparison discussed below).


In addition, examinees that send me their essays can choose to participate in the MEE/MPT Comparisons. I utilize the essays for comparison purposes and to illustrate instances of unreliable scoring. Following are small samples of the February 2010 and July 2010 MPT Comparison Banks. A detailed explanation of the MEE and MPT Comparison Banks is below:

Click here for a detailed explanation of the MEE/MPT Comparison Banks

In 2010, I developed a unique method of comparing bar exam essay and MPT answers to help examinees better understand how to write a passing essay/MPT. These MEE/MPT Essay Comparison Banks are essentially databases of graded examinee MEE and MPT answers that can be compared to one another. I find that these Comparison Banks are invaluable in helping examinees quickly and efficiently discover “what works” versus “what doesn’t work” on the written component of the exam. For example, an examinee that recently passed told me: “I think this helped me immensely, because although I had not practiced writing any essays, I still really got a feel for the tone, length, content and structure of passing answers which created a ‘voice’ in my head when writing essays.

Unlike the 43 page essay analysis that is sent only to you, examinees that participate in the MEE/MPT Comparisons can view and compare their essays to other examinee essays. Accordingly, I ask examinees whether they want to participate in the MEE/MPT Comparisons because others will see your graded essays (anonymously of course, all identifying information is redacted) and you will likewise get to see the graded essays of other anonymous examinees. The MEE/MPT Comparisons can be viewed by subscribers and anyone that didn't opt out of the comparison (you don't have to be a subscriber to view it - I regard this as a quid-pro-quo).

You can view poor essays, exactly passing essays, or high scoring essays, and compare any essay to another side by side. Examinees can review examples of the high scoring MEE essays to: (1) see how the high scoring essays are structured (e.g. how they use CIRAC/IRAC, how they address the issues, how they format their answer in regards to issue statements, conclusions and bolding/underlining/italicizing); and (2) see how the high scoring essays properly analyze the issues. When you look at the text comparison, you start to see the commonality in language with high scoring answers - in a sense this trains you to include the same language in similar essays. The PDF comparisons (where you view the actual PDFs of the answers side by side) let you see each essay's layout, structure, and formatting so you can visually learn how to emulate the high scoring answers (and conversely, avoid the styles of the low scoring answers). For example, one examinee (non-subscriber) who failed F15 told me: "I did much better on my essays this time due in large part to your comparison tool. I found that to be extremely helpful." For the F15 exam, this examinee's 5-Essay average was 53.74 (a passing essay average for the Feb 2015 exam was 51.43). Based on 196 submitted score reports, this 5-Essay average was ranked 9/196 (this means the examinee had a 5-Essay average better than 95.4% of the examinees that sent me their Feb 2015 score information). In July 2014, this examinee had a 5-Essay average was 45.22 (a passing essay average for the July 2014 exam was 47.83). Based on 315 submitted score reports, this 5-Essay average was ranked 131/315 (which was better than 58.4% of the examinees that sent me their July 2014 scores).

Examinees that self-evaluate can write an answer to a question in the MEE or MPT Comparison and then compare the answer to other graded answers (I am working on an automated way of doing this). If this is too much effort, you can simply look at passing and above-passing MEEs/MPTs. Put simply, good answers look like other good answers.  


Accordingly, if you send me your essays I will do the following:

1) Sometime about a month before the exam I will provide you with a 45 page report that statistically analyzes your essays along with other examinees based on word count and a whole host of other stats. Please look at the sample reports on www.seperac.com for more on this.
2) If you are interested, your essays will be included in an online comparison with everyone else’s essays. This will let you compare your answers side-by-side to other examinees. Again, please look at the samples for more on this.

I never share any of your personal information. For the MEE/MPT Comparison, for laptop answers, I am actually almost at a point where I simply take the text (with formatting) and re-constitute it into a uniform essay answer with additional statistics. Please also note that while I read the essays, I do not comment or give personal feedback unless you are also a tutee or student in my UBE Course. Instead, what I offer to you is basically a quid pro quo - I love collecting and examining the essays (from 700+ examinees to date) and you will receive a ton of insight about how you performed and will be able to compare yourself to others.

As an added incentive, if you send me your MEE/MPT answers and later subscribe, I will discount the cost of the subscription by the $40 cost of the essays. Any question you may have about the Subscription site should be answered here. Even if you don't submit your essays to me for the 45 page Analysis or Comparison, you still should obtain a copy of your essay answers for your own review. Many jurisdictions don't provide essays, so if you are in a jurisdiction that does, you really should take advantage of it. Put simply, examinees who don't make an effort to understand the methodologies behind the bar exam are only hurting themselves.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please email me at joe@seperac.com.

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