The test is used by nine UK universities and two other non-UK universities as part of their admissions process for undergraduate applications to Law. The content of the LNAT exam is regulated by the members of the LNAT Consortium (made up of six of those universities) and the test itself is administered by Pearson VUE, under contract to LNAT.
It is a 2-hour 15-minute test divided into two sections – MCQs and Essay.
Section A is designed as a computerised MCQ based exam consisting of 42 questions. Students are given 95 minutes to answer these questions which are based on passages of text (dilemmas) and a mark out of 42, referred to as the LNAT score, is awarded. This section is designed to assess the ability to grasp arguments and recognize key issues, trace relevant material proficiently and conceptualise.
The second section gives 40 minutes to write an essay from a list of 3 proposed subjects. These essays are checked by tutors of the college you are applying to and the mark is taken into account as part of the selection process. The essay gives an opportunity to construct, present and conclude an intellectually reasoned, persuasive and balanced argument around the chosen topic, a top skill for any Law aspirant.
Students are given a number of articles to read in the multiple choice part, along with questions to answer (and each question comes with 5 possible answers to choose from). The LNAT test questions are analytical and may ask students to identify the writers’ assertions, views, and criticisms, or to determine which of the five statements can or cannot be confirmed, which are assertions of fact, which are opinions, or what has been suggested.
In the essay portion, students will be given a controversial statement to discuss in a balanced manner, or to advocate for or against in a brief essay answer format. Students can choose from a list of LNAT essay questions, all of which will be along the lines of sociopolitical and legal issues.
The Seven Categories From Which LNAT Questions Are Typically Based Are:
The LNAT isn’t based on the student’s educational achievement. It doesn’t aim at testing subject expertise for Law or any other subject for that matter. It focuses on assessing aptitude for studying law in future years through general comprehension and reasoning skills which are essential for the study and practice of law. Universities don’t expect you to have any knowledge of the law, just have the right skills to learn it in the first place.
During the LNAT you’ll be tested on the following skills:
- Verbal reasoning
- Interpretation of information
- Deductive reasoning
The participating universities will have access to both your LNAT score and your essay. These are then utilised to support your university application and demonstrate your interest in studying law at the undergraduate level. All applicants (UK, EU, and international) to undergraduate law programmes at the University of Bristol, Durham University, University of Nottingham, and other institutions must take the LNAT.
The test must be taken during the UCAS year in which you plan to apply to university. The test can only be taken once each year (September to June), and results cannot be transferred over from year to year. After that date, Pearson VUE will make your LNAT score and essay accessible for download by your selected universities within 24 hours of completing your LNAT. They’ll have access to your score before you do.
The candidate’s score will subsequently be used by admissions tutors at each university as part of the application. Each university will use the candidate’s LNAT score and essays in the manner that best matches its admissions criteria. The LNAT is used in combination with academic qualifications, information on the UCAS or other application form, the candidate’s personal statement, and, in some situations, performance at the interview. It does not replace ‘A’ levels or its global equivalent. The LNAT does not have a set weight, and different colleges will use it in different ways.
The use of LNAT essays varies and is determined by the admissions policies of each participating university. Some universities may use it as the basis for interview questions, for example. Others may compare it to the personal statement and school/college report on UCAS applications, or use it to differentiate between candidates who are on the borderline.
For admission, a student is required taking LNAT, the same year that he/she finishes class 12. Candidates for the LNAT must take the test before 15 October in the year they apply to Oxbridge, but not before the summer holiday of the year in which they apply. For all other universities, students can sit for LNAT till 20 January of the year in which they apply.
Students can sit for LNAT only once per admissions cycle. Results cannot be carried over from one year to the next. Thus, it is important to give in your best the very first time.
UK LNAT Universities
There are no facts to be memorized and lessons to be reviewed in preparation for the test. Instead, students should concentrate on developing critical thinking abilities, exercising the relevant parts of the brain, and on acquainting themselves with the format of the test, which is when we at Rostrum step in.
Tackling unfamiliar content: Our counsellors have years of experience tutoring and mentoring students from all over the world including India and UAE to get placed at leading world universities. Intensive one on one discussions with our counsellors assist students in getting comfortable with the unknown. Students are taught to think critically about the concerns being raised, question assumptions, draw logical conclusions from specific information provided to them and frame counter-arguments.
Staying abreast and developing opinion on latest happenings: Thorough knowledge of current affairs gives an edge and be rest assured, our mentors inculcate in students the habit of reading from the right sources, analyzing what they have read and developing the ability to present solid arguments in favor of their opinion through regular discussions and debates.
Acing the MCQ section: The key to acing the first section is just practice. Our carefully curated practice questions and guides place students at the ideal position to crack this exam. Discussing doubts with mentors and acquainting students with all the possible kinds of questions gives a sense of comfort to our students and they reach the center more confident than ever! Our tutors will even have you take LNAT practice tests. The LNAT practice tests are incredibly useful to simulate test day pressure and effect.
Critical thinking: The ability to read, analyze and break down the text are quintessential to the MCQ section. Through intensive reading recommended by our experts and deliberations on the same, this section passes like a breeze for our students.
The knack of skillfully presenting arguments in the essay section: The essay section requires the student to present a well-structured and persuasive argument on the topic provided. Our experts provide the right kind of hand-holding to gradually develop this ability in students over the course of the mentoring sessions. They are also guided on what kind of assumptions can be made especially when the topic is from an unfamiliar background to make the essay come out as strong as one based on facts.
Timing: In the LNAT, timing is everything. You can be incredibly talented, but if you don’t finish the paper, you’ll struggle to earn a good grade. This is especially evident when we consider that the LNAT is a multiple choice test; leaving an answer blank gives you a 0% chance of getting the question correct, guessing gives you a 20% chance, and eliminating a few answer alternatives gives you a 50% chance (the average LNAT score!). You should practise under timed settings in the weeks leading up to the exam. It is important to be strict with yourself so that you can move forward, identify the questions you have the best chance of answering right, and finish the paper.
You could be answering 1000s of LNAT questions but not noticing improvement. Our instructors will help you improve your LNAT technique. We show you how to speed up your LNAT techniques by teaching you section-specific strategies. Our LNAT tutors will serve as a companion, mentor, and educator for you. You can ask our team questions at any time. Your teacher can focus on your unique shortcomings and sections of LNAT that you struggle with during each lesson.