1) Don’t discuss answers with others
We all know there is a temptation to eavesdrop and ask other people what they wrote for google educator exam answers, but will this help you? You can’t go back and change anything, and in my own experience, this is a lot more stressful than comforting. And, it certainly doesn’t help me on the next portion of my exam! So, resist the temptation, duck and cover if you hear others, and move forward with the exam and life.
2) Bring change of clothes
You might be living in a scorching hot city or be piling through two feet of snow to get through your test center door, but be sure to have a change of clothing, just in case. My roommate took the bar in a 90 degree-city, but was seated right under an air conditioning unit for all three days of his bar exam, freezing his behind off! Good thing he had a sweatshirt with him.
3) Ear plugs
The bar exam will have a lot more people in your room than your law school finals. That means the noise level could be a lot louder. Although, I never used ear plugs in law school, and I didn’t think the noise was that much greater in the bar exam auditorium, these might be good to have handy. Your law school library should have them, and sometimes the bar exam room monitors will provide them.
4) Admission ticket, ID, etc.
Don’t forget your admission ticket, driver’s license, and other documentation you need to get in the room. The night before, put your ticket in your wallet, purse, or somewhere you know you won’t forget it. Although it might be a great story to share later, you don’t want to have to sneak into your own bar exam do you?
5) Where are you parking?
Ask or drive around and see where the best areas to park are. You don’t want to be arriving late, and only find two hour street parking or $3 for every 15 minute garage parking. Plan this out ahead of time to reduce bar day stress.
6) Bring laptop, charger, and mouse, not your bag.
If you’re walking from your car, remember not to bring your laptop bag. It won’t be allowed in the room and you probably don’t want to leave it outside the room. Some test centers will allow you put your belongings outside the room and have people watch it for you, but there’s certainly no guarantee for its safe keeping. Also remember, no laptop on MBE day!
7) Backup pencils, pens, highlighters?
Have enough pencil, pens, highlighters and whatever else you’ll need to write with. It’s rarely a problem that a pen runs out or a pencil breaks, but bring a couple extra just in case. Pencils do tend to fade on MBE day. The room monitors should have some extras as well in case of emergency.
8 ) Get a good night rest and watch a movie the night before
Get a good night rest. I’m not really one to talk on this. Because of my sleep schedule, I only got six hours of sleep each night before day 1 and day 2. Watch a movie or do something light and fun the night before the bar. If you’re having trouble sleeping, just keep telling yourself how tired you are and do some fake yawning. It helped me. If you’re a night owl, like myself, try going to sleep earlier a week or two before the bar exam, to adjust to an early sleeping routine.
9) Do a silent prayer
Either the night before or day of your exam, just be with yourself and your thoughts. Feel appreciation and gratitude for having the opportunity to take the bar, complete your education, and get a license to join such a powerful and prestigious profession. Ground yourself in the moment, and be at peace. Thank your higher power for His blessings and ask him to be with you. This can fill you with the feelings of having a higher purpose and meaning of being granted the right to help others in a significant way.
10) Have your lunch, water, and snacks ready and packed
If you’re taking your own food, have it all made, ready, and packed the night before. It should be a simple grab and go the morning of. If you plan on taking snacks, have them ready in a bag. You can eat them in between test portions or before the exam starts. Snack bags, without valuables, will probably be OK to leave outside the room, so long as room monitors will be there to watch your belongings.
11) Have a good breakfast the morning of
Know what you’re going to eat for breakfast and make sure you have all the ingredients. I recommend a couple scrambled eggs, some wheat toast, spread with honey, a glass of orange juice, and a banana. That would give plenty of energy to rock the morning portion of the exam!