Access Barbri Bar Review Materials from iPad/iPhone for Free!

by Joshua Auriemma on June 30, 2010

As some of you know, Barbri offers the ability to access bar prep materials on your iPhone or iPad for a fee.  What you may not know is that the Barbri Mobile device has some serious limitations:

1. You can’t use your Barbri account on both an iPad AND an iPhone (and if you upgrade to, say, the iPhone 4, you’re similarly out of luck).  You’re limited to logging in with one device, and if you log in with another device, your Barbri account is locked down and you have to call tech support to have them unlock it.

2.  Barbri Mobile isn’t *really* made for iPad — it just happens to be compatible.  What does that mean?  It means that if you want to stretch the app out to the full size of the iPad, everything is going to look really blurry.

3.  IT IS $300!  I have a feeling that at some point Barbri will realize that this price tag is absolutely insane for the ability to access the exact same materials we can access on our computers, but in the meantime we have to deal with this pricing insanity.

Thankfully, there is a solution to all three of these problems.  It’s called iTeleport.  Okay, so it’s not free, but it is the best VNC app that I’ve tested on the iPad by far.  It’s $25, which is pretty expensive for a mobile app, but it’s a universal app (one price for both the iPad and the iPhone version), it’s already updated for iOS 4 multitasking, and it’s WAY more affordable than $300 if you’re super poor like me.

What Does it Do?

The idea is fairly simple.  You set up your computer at home with the barbri software running (either the Windows, OS X, or online version — it doesn’t matter) and iTeleport will display on your iPad or iPhone whatever is on your computer.  It will let you interact with the program as well, so you can select your answers and set up your exams just like you would on your computer.

Setting it Up

Step 1:  Download iTeleport directly onto your iDevice or download it here.

Step 2: Follow these instructions if you have a Mac, or these instructions if you have a PC.

Step 3: Run the iTeleport app, and enjoy your $275 savings.

Tips

• Maximize the StudyDesk software on your computer before starting up iTeleport.  That way you’ll take advantage of the screen real estate and won’t have to worry about windows getting stuck behind windows.
• Swipe up with three fingers to hide the toolbar.
• Turn “Touchscreen Mode” ON in the options.  That gives it a more iOS-like feel.  That way you don’t have to worry about messing with the mouse cursor.

I may update with more tips as I begin to use my iPad/iPhone to work through the practice tests.  In the meantime, please let me know in the comments if you find any good tips.  If you have problems getting the program up, I’m not sure if I can help, but I’ll try if I have time.

Good luck on the bar exam!

[3/30/2011 Addendum: As commenter legalpun points out, this will not work if your goal is to watch the Barbri videos. Audio is generally not transmitted through VNC.]

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ouij June 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

The StudySmart software for Windows will also run on Linux via WINE–or, at least, I THINK it will, given my somewhat mixed experience:

http://ouij.livejournal.com/300856.html

todd July 7, 2010 at 1:18 am

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Carmen Jose January 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi, it worked actually very well on my mac and I did teletransported everything to my Ipad. Thanks!…. How about lectures? sound doesnt seem to pass as the image does. Is there anything I have to do?

hbeattie February 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

You guys should check out Law Bound Prep’s iPad app. The MBE PrepPortal app is free and gives you access to all your MBE and state materials as well as simulated exams. The app links with your online account and allows you to study on the go.

legalpun March 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

You should add that iTeleport does not support audio streaming. This means, even if you get the video file to stream, you can’t hear anything the lecturer is discussing. In short, you still have to pay $300 for Mobile Barbri on your iPad if you’re a Mac user.

http://support.iteleportmobile.com/entries/200582-how-to-get-sound

Joshua Auriemma March 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

@legalpun: Good point. The only thing I wanted was access to the practice questions. I hadn’t considered that people would try to access the video reviews. I’ll throw an addendum on the article to make sure people know about the lack of audio up front. Thanks for the flag.

Derrick Feinman February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Does anyone know if this works with the Nook Tablet?

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