There is no question that many lawyers and judges depend on their own skills and talents as much as their brains and knowledge when it comes to passing the legal bar examination. Without the ability to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of settings the very idea of becoming a lawyer could be considered almost impossible. In fact, just a few short years ago the vast majority of the United States population believed that judges and attorneys were all intelligent and qualified to sit for the American bar exam. In reality, only about 25% of the American population actually completed law school and most of those who did go to some of the best law schools in the country.
Today the situation is a whole different story. Many current bar exam takers started their education by taking CLEP tests instead of Law school. CLEP tests are standardized tests that can be taken by virtually anyone to test their knowledge and skills in a wide range of topics. In addition, they do not involve attending a classroom and are available at any time in the day. The result is that CLEP exams are fast becoming the preferred method of learning for law school hopefuls everywhere.
For many of us, we started with the idea of passing that ever-important bar exam and moving forward from there. Unfortunately, many of us soon found out that having CLEP study material on hand and then taking the exams without preparation could cause some major problems. If you have ever studied for a CLEP exam before, then you know just how good question formats can be and how little preparation really helps. The truth is that when it comes to answering questions, even a good question format can be a weak point unless your answer reads like a foreign language. This is where Nancies Pixley and King come into play.
Nancy Pixley and Charles Reddington are two seasoned lawyers that specialize in real estate. They have created their own PowerScore program, which is based on the Law School Admission Test or LSAT. For those of you who don’t know, the LSAT is a standardized test that measures one’s aptitude for passing a law school. It is administered twice per year in law schools all across the country, but the format used is different for each. This is why Nancies and Chris have devised a format that they believe will be able to help many pass their LSATs.
The PowerScore system includes five different levels that you must reach in order to advance to the next level. These levels are: A, B, C, D, and E. The PowerScore system also includes three parts that you must pass in order to advance to a level. These parts are: A Question Analysis, an Answer Response Comparison, and a Test Development Plan. Nances and Chris Pixley have taken these questions from real life cases that they have worked on and translated them to questions that can be asked by law school deans or faculties. Through this, students are able to see the type of questions that they will likely face during their law school career, and they also learn from the experiences of others.
Nances and Chris Pixley, the inventors of the PowerScore system, have worked with undergraduate students as well as law school deans in order to make sure that their product is effective. They have also worked with professors from top colleges to test how well students understood and retained the information that they were given. They have even taken the test themselves and documented their results. They felt that publishing these test results would be beneficial for both students and professors. That is why they have made their product available to the general public. Students who want to take the test can get the same high quality instruction that they would receive from any top law school in the country, without having to leave their homes.
Each PowerScore question has a pre-determined number of “clicks”, which means that it will only take up to three clicks for a student to answer the question or to cross-reference the answer that they already provided. This may seem like a very easy process, but when you consider the amount of time that students spent last year answering the same questions, it all adds up. By using the PowerScore method, students can eliminate the tediousness of traditional classroom preparation and be able to get right into the practice phase of law school. This will allow them to become familiar with the format as well as to increase their confidence about their ability to take the LSAT tomorrow.