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What is an appropriate study timeline for the Bar Exam?

Just like every other exam, there is no set study schedule that will work for every student. The following timeline is simply to show an example of a study timeline setup and how to make the most of your time. Talk with your Ibis Prep tutor to figure out the perfect timeline for you:


Recommended Study Timeline: 2-3 months


  1. 3 Months Before the Exam:

  • Diagnostic Test: Take a diagnostic test to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Create a Study Plan: Develop a study schedule that includes daily study sessions, breaks, and review periods. Consider enrolling in a Bar prep course.

  1. 2-3 Months Before the Exam:

  • Content Review: Begin a thorough review of all subjects tested on the Bar exam. Use outlines, lecture notes, and Bar prep course materials.

  • Practice Essays and MBEs: Start practicing essay questions and multiple-choice questions (MBEs) regularly.

  • Join an Ibis Prep essentials course: These courses are made to give you the most targeted and effective tutoring in a short amount of time. You will work with some of the Ibis Prep Bar geniuses to ensure your success.

  1. 1-2 Months Before the Exam:

  • Increase Practice: Increase the frequency of practice exams and essay questions. Aim to complete at least one full-length practice exam per week.

  • Performance Tests (MPT): Practice performance tests to develop practical lawyering skills.

  • Use practice exams in the Ibis Prep Google Drive: There are numerous study resources available to you when you purchase a tutoring package. Make sure you ask your tutor to show you where all of these are.

  1. 1 Month Before the Exam:

  • Intensive Review: Conduct an intensive review of all subjects, focusing on areas of weakness.

  • Simulate Test Conditions: Take practice exams under timed, test-day conditions to build endurance and improve time management.

  1. 1-2 Weeks Before the Exam:

  • Final Review: Focus on high-yield topics and any remaining weak areas.

  • Rest and Relaxation: Ensure you’re well-rested and manage stress effectively.


General Tips:

  • Consistency: Maintain a consistent study schedule throughout your preparation period.

  • Active Learning: Engage in active learning techniques such as summarizing information, teaching concepts to someone else, and doing practice problems.

  • Support System: Lean on friends, family, or study groups for support and motivation.

  • Self-Care: Take care of your physical and mental health with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating.

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