July 2019 MPT Predictions
Are you curious about what tasks you might be asked to complete on the MPT this July? Generally, the Examiners want to see whether students can write both objectively and persuasively. It is common to encounter one objective task and one persuasive task on the MPTs (although this is not always the case!). Read further to see our July 2019 MPT predictions.
July 2019 MPT Predictions—by JD Advising
1. Objective Memo
Update: BOTH MPTs were Objective Memos! Here is a recap of the exam.
The first of our MPT predictions is an objective memo. Since July 2005, the objective memo has appeared on almost every exam! In fact, over the last 14 years, the Examiners chose to forego testing the objective memo only seven times. This makes the objective memo the most frequently tested task. For the February 2019 administration, students were asked to produce an objective memo and a persuasive brief. But it is not uncommon to see one of the tasks from the previous exam appear on the following one. The persuasive brief has been tested on each exam since July 2017. Until now, however, the persuasive brief has not been tested on five consecutive exams. This is why we ultimately chose the objective memo for our first prediction.
If you are unfamiliar with how to format this task, take a look at our blog post on how to format an objective memo.
If you want to practice MPTs that test this task, here are our suggestions:
- February 2009 – Phoenix Corporation v. Biogenesis, Inc.
- July 2009 – Jackson v Franklin Sports Gazette, Inc.
- July 2010 – City of Ontario
All of these MPTs and the corresponding MPT Point Sheets are currently available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website. Note: The NCBE has announced that as of March 25, 2019, it will be offering its study aids in a new eLearning platform so please be mindful of this change.
2. A Letter
Update: BOTH MPTs were Objective Memos!
The second of our MPT predictions is a letter. Objective memos and persuasive briefs are the most common tasks. But the next most commonly tested tasks are opinion letters and demand letters. If you are asked to complete a memo or a brief for one of the tasks, the other task will most likely be a letter – either an opinion letter or a demand letter. Generally, opinion letters are written to clients and provide them an objective overview of the possible courses of action available to them and the pros and cons associated with each one. If you are curious how to format an opinion letter, check out our post on how to draft an opinion letter here. Demand letters typically ask the recipient of the letter to take a particular action (e.g., to settle a claim). Therefore, demand letters require the author to use a persuasive tone. If you are looking for tips for this task, take a look at our post on how to format a demand letter.
If you want to practice MPTs that test these tasks, here are our suggestions:
- July 2009 – In re City of Bluewater
- February 2012 – In re WPE Property Development
- February 2013 – In re Wendy Martel
All of these MPTs and the corresponding MPT Point Sheets are currently available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website.
Note: The NCBE has announced that as of March 25, 2019, it will be offering its study aids in a new eLearning platform so please be mindful of this change.
We hope you found our thoughts on the July 2019 MPT Predictions useful!
Note: We want to emphasize that you should not rely on these predictions! You should take the time to review all of the commonly tested tasks on the MPT in addition to a few uncommon tasks.
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