|Why PT's are really simple|
Watch the video: “What you need to know about PTs”
|Performance Tests are not unknowns||
Most Bar applicants think Performance Tests are the great unknown and that they are impossible to prepare for. Naturally, if you go into the exam believing that, you'll be surprised, anxious and caught off guard.
But the truth is, performance tests have a
lot of similarities, and if you learn to recognize
and even look for the similarities, you reduce
the unknown--and your anxiety.
don't look everywhere for the lost car keys --
you organize the possibilities
|Have you ever lost
your car keys? What's the first thing you do?
You think, where did I see them last? when did
I drive the car last? what jacket was I wearing?
In other words, you don't go randomly through
the house, looking everywhere, the likely places
and the unlikely places. No, you begin organizing
|Most people spend too long reading||To do well on the performance
test, you do the same thing. Organizing the law
together with the facts is the process that gets
you great scores on the Performance Test. You
get three hours to complete the PT exam, and there
are three steps: reading, organizing, and writing.
Most people spend too long reading, too long writing,
and too little time organizing.
|Writing takes longer when you don't know what to say||I teach you how to
assess what you are looking for so you can read
more quickly. This isn't a reading trick or speed
reading. It's an attitude toward the material
that with practice and with the experience of
seeing that it works, you can master. And you
see the value in mastering it! Less time reading
means more time to organize. And organizing the
law with the facts is the way to get high scores.
|The key is organizing rules to facts||The other place people
spend too long is in writing their answers. They
take a long time to write their answers because--they
aren't organized! They are still thinking through
what they want to say and organizing as they write.
Such an answer will not be cogent and tightly
reasoned. The solution again is to organize longer.
|You can't figure out the approach from model answers||Performance Tests are
even harder for a student to practice on his own
than essays. It is difficult for even the experienced
eye to determine what made the answers the Bar
publishes outstanding. They are inconsistent in
quality and have different strengths. Some are
well reasoned, others are well organized; some
gather a lot of facts; some are exceptionally
strong in one task and weak in the other. It is
impossible to reverse-engineer by looking at the
Bar's published answers to determine what standards
the Bar grades PT's on.
|I've taken and graded PT's||I've taken Performance
Tests for the Committee of Bar Examiners when
the exam was under development and I've graded
them. I know how they are evaluated. I also know
that PT's are the easiest place for you to improve
your score 20-30 points.
|I have an approach that works on every PT||I have an approach for how you use the three hours of the exam, how to read the file, how to read the cases and find the one rule in each, where to find the issues, how many issues there are in each PT. And I lend you my confidence that this method works on every PT. In my class, you see for yourself that it works on 22 PT's. And I give you a PT exam every week for two months under exam conditions so you can practice and perfect my method.|
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