Creating Your Personal Exam Day Plan

You’re in the final weeks of bar exam study, so we’ll make this quick. We’ve found it very helpful for test takers to head into exam day with an exam day plan--mapping out how you’re going to spend your time when you're not taking the test.

Here's what you need to do: spend about 20 minutes at some point this week thinking about how you want to spend your non-exam time, as well as listing/gathering things you’ll need on exam day. Some of these details might seem trivial now. But as the exam inches closer, the less time you spend thinking about them the better you’ll feel.

1. Map out your days. Plot out a very general pre-exam and exam-day schedule. Decide how you're going to spend the day before and day of: how and where are you going to get a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as how/where you're going to spend your pre- and post-test downtime.

Keep in mind: if you don’t end up following the schedule exactly, that’s fine. The point of doing this is so you don't have to make any extra decisions on exam days--not to make you feel stressed about keeping a schedule.

2. Exam materials. Make a list of all the materials you’ll need the day of. In other words, write down the ten things you must walk out the door with on test day. Figure out what they are, make a written list, and get them packed now if you can.

3. Your de-stress plan. We’re firm believers that the night before a test day should be filled with as little stress as possible. You might feel tempted to get one or two last looks at your outlines--but at this point that’s not going to be as helpful as feeling calm and collected. Decide in advance what things you’re going to do for yourself to stay relaxed. Here at CP, we think taking off the entire day before, rather than trying to cram and stressing yourself out, is the best way to enter exam day.

Remember: At this point you already know everything you need to pass, it’s just a matter of keeping calm and focused in your last week. We know you can do it!

Learn more about how Critical Pass can help you pass the bar exam.

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