I graduated in 2010, studied and took the California bar (passed my first time). I used two bar review courses simultaneously (AdaptiBar was not one of them, but looking back, I would have definitely added it). Overall, I took over 90+ essays, and 1,700 – 1,800 Multiple Choice questions in prepping for the California Bar. I spend my time now advising law firms, and Fortune 1,000 companies using their own data to draw insights, and offer ways to improve their businesses. AdaptiBar has taken the same approach that I use in work, and applied it to studying for the bar. Overall, I found their program very helpful because it gave me the ability to immediately start assessing not just a weak subject, but a weak subtopic.
- Those who have decided to study for the bar on their own; and
- Those who might have purchased a formal program, but need additional help on the multiple-choice portion of the exam.
- 1,730 simulated questions (1,530 of which are licensed from the NCBEX)
- 4 full OPE exams (2006, 2009, 2011, 2013) – Included in the 1,730
- Dynamic learning and performance to diagnose your weakspots, while making sure to maintain your strong suits.
- An iPhone app that provides pretty much everything that you can access through the website for on-the-go.
How to Use AdaptiBar To Maximize Your Results:
If you sign up for the free trial there is an initial orientation stage, to get situated. After that, AdaptiBar has a recommended program, that is outlinedwithin their handbook.
They recommend taking a set of questions and using their powerful benchmarking and analytical tool to find your weaknesses. I created this infographic to show exactly how they recommend you study. If you want to download a pdf copy, you can click here.
- Step 1: Outline Studying
Read each one of your outlines prior to taking the course so you understand the content.
- Step 2: Conduct an Initial Assessment Using their Platform
The initial assessment comes down to completing approximately 350 questions (50 in each subject). This will give you a solid base on which to see where you need to improve. It also starts giving the AdaptiBar platform, the ability to measure your performance.
- Step 3: Assess Your Weaknesses
Assessing your weakness is fairly simple. You can use the AdaptiBar program’s benchmarking area (outlined in detail below) to identify weak areas for improvement.
- Step 4: Fix Your Weak Spots
Under step 4, you are honing the topics that you are the weakest in, taking extra multiple-choice questions to better position yourself. You do this by taking 1 subtopic each day, and reviewing your outline, and taking more multiple choice questions.
- Step 5: Reassess Your Weak Spots
After having completed an additional 350 questions, it’s time to start the process over again. The goal here is to continue on, eliminating weak areas as you complete the course.
Note, as you go through the Adaptibar process, they will message you to let you know when it is time to move on to a new topic, or to reassess your weaknesses. You can see a sample screenshot below:
While the full program is very robust, there are three specific features that I want to highlight that I found extremely helpful during my review of the program.
- AdaptiBar’s adaptive technology and benchmarking abilities
- Practice Questions
- Practice Exams
I’ll go into detail about each of the three below.
Feature 1: Adaptibar Adaptive Technology & Benchmarking
Benchmarking and Reports
Subject Performance & Subject Analysis:
Timing Performance & Timing Analysis:
Feature 2: Practice Questions
If you sign up for AdaptiBar, you will likely spend the majority of your time in the Practice Questions Section. Depending on what you want to accomplish, you have the ability to select the topics you want to be tested on and subtopics. Below is a picture of your options.
Once you’ve selected your set of questions, you can take on each question individually, and review your answer against the correct answer. AdaptiBar provides a full writeup about why each response was correct/incorrect. No more having to switch back and forth in a book! As stated above, you can benchmark yourself against other people’s responses… at the individual question level.
Here is what I mean. The picture on the right shows my own performance on this question. I’ve only taken the question once, so my average for this question is 100%. The average for those who are signed up in my state is 83%, while the national average is slightly below that. I can also see what were the most popular responses.
Lastly, I want to bring attention to the icons at the top of the picture. You can flag a question to bring attention to it later, or, click into one of AdaptiBar’s videos, or ask about it on the forums “chat bubble”
This actually brings up one of the things about the AdaptiBar program that I wish they had. When you choose to create a discussion topic on a question, it includes the question number, but not the question and answers themselves. As a result, there were several threads I reviewed where someone asked specific questions on a point of law, and people were unable to respond as the question was not readily available. This is a feature I really hope AdaptiBar includes in the future.
What is nice about the video series is that if you choose to purchase them, they become part of the program. As you work your way through practice multiple-choice questions, there may come a point where you need to reference a video talking about a specific subtopic. You can link directly from the question to the corresponding video.
I’ve included a sample video from Professor Grossman below.
The iPhone app has almost everything the main program has (I’ll most likely do a separate write-up at some point about my experience with the app). I used the app on the iPhone 7+. It is included in the base program and comes with:
- Access to the practice questions
- Practice Exams
- Flash Cards (Must be purchased separately)
- Performance Metrics
- Video Lectures (Must be purchased separately)
You don’t get access to the charts and graphs, but you do have the ability to see a breakdown of your performance on the questions that you’ve taken thus far, along with the overall program performance. Note, they also have an Android App as well, that has the same functionality of the iPhone App, but given that I don’t have an Android, I wasn’t able to test it out.
MBE & Simulator Prep Course: $395
- For $395, you get access to all 1,730 questions, iPhone app, and all benchmarking, forums, etc.
- Smart Flashcards: $95
- You can get access to 950 flash cards to test yourself across all the subjects.
- Video Lectures: $15-$65 each
- Video lectures can be purchased separately or as a bundle depending on your needs.
AdaptiBar was able to provide a promo code, you can sign up for a free trial using the link below, and if you decide to purchase the full course, you will receive $30 off your order (note I receive a small fee at no cost to you, if you decide to purchase the full program).