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LNAT – Law National Aptitude Test
Applying to read Law at university is becoming increasingly competitive, with universities finding it hard to distinguish between the many thousands of candidates who apply with top grades. The LNAT, or National Admissions Test for Law (UK), measures an aptitude for Law and is taken by prospective law undergraduates. It is now seen by many of the top-ranking British universities as an essential component of their admissions decisions. An excellent LNAT result can thus be the crucial factor behind a successful Law application. For an essential LNAT reading list please see click here. Sample question papers and essays can be found on the test providers website www.lnat.ac.uk

 

 

What is the LNAT?

The National Aptitude Test (LNAT) is used by nine UK and two non-UK universities (known as the LNAT Consortium) in their admissions process, enabling the most successful and suitable candidates to be selected for enrolment in the new academic year. Based on intellectual ability as opposed to factual knowledge, the LNAT is used to decipher individual strengths, measuring abilities in comprehension and execution of written English and critical reasoning. By prioritising a focus on testing aptitude skills, as opposed to factual knowledge, the LNAT Consortium universities can assess individual’s strengths in transferable skills which are necessary in the study and practice of law. The LNAT is administered by Pearson VUE, with the content directly influenced by the LNAT Consortium. Used as a mandatory supplement, the LNAT forms a part of a law school candidate’s application, alongside their academic qualifications, UCAS points and letters of recommendation. The test is made up of two main sections and lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes and it is advised that applicants take the test earlier in the academic year, rather than later to ensure that they meet application deadlines. It is important to note that candidates may only sit the LNAT once in an academic year and results are not able to be passed over into following years; in short, candidates must sit the test in the same year they are applying for study at university.

 

 

What does the LNAT assess?

The LNAT is comprised of two main sections, a multiple-choice questions section lasting 95 minutes and an essay section lasting 40 minutes. In total, the test lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes and challenges candidate’s ability to demonstrate critical reasoning and communicate advanced sense of written English.

Section 1: Section 1 consists of 42 multiple choice questions, based on 12 passages of writing centred on deliberation and discrepancy of opinion. Each of these questions has 3-4 choice questions, with a total of 95 minutes (1 hour and 35 minutes) to complete.

Section 2: Once you begin section 2 candidates are unable to return to section 1. Section 2 consists of 3 essay questions, of which 1 must be selected for response. The section is 40 minutes long and consists of essays that involve an array of subjects. It is imperative that candidates use this section to demonstrate their strengths using written English and that they communicate a clear economical argument and conclusion.

 

 

What score should I be aiming to achieve?

Marked out of a score of 42, it is useful to note that there is no pass or fail mark, but that average candidate scores are often used to determine successful candidates. It is also useful to know that though the LNAT consists of two main sections, it is only the first (multiple-choice) section that is used to tally your final LNAT score. The second, essay section of the test is used to assess your written English abilities, receiving no formal grade. Though the essay does not create a score, it is imperative to use the written portion as a chance to demonstrate your transferable and written skills to your intended university as this section can be the difference between a lower score preventing you from gaining a place. It is also useful to note that due to their being no formal pass score, each university with have various scores that they will deem as acceptable for admission. This being said, it is advised that candidates aim for a score of 27 or above to ensure admission. Universities within the LNAT Consortium (of which a list has been made at the bottom of this page) will have varying standards, with top universities such as Oxford University looking to enrol the top scoring students.

 

 

How do I prepare for the LNAT?

Practice using past tests can be beneficial for many reasons, enabling one to effectively manage time keeping whilst also adjusting to the wording of questions. Self-assessment of your general areas where you could develop your knowledge further will enable you to be self-aware in your studies, supplementing what you need to practice more and strengthening your pre-existing strengths. Reviewing the LNAT’s resources and content windows will enable you to narrow down your revision to a refined and purposeful selection of materials. Dedicating time to reading across a wide range of sources such as newspapers, published papers (in the field of law) and historical texts will support your written English skills, exposing yourself to a wide variety of jargon and opinions. When reading and writing in preparation, considering the topic, any assumptions that are being made by the author, the contextual influences within the text and how you might respond to any debates will put you in good stead for the second section of the test in particular. Ultimately, the more time you spend practicing, the more confident and prepared you are likely to feel when taking your LNAT, a feeling which should be reflected in your score outcome.

 

 

Law Tuition and Tutors London

We offer private tuition with experienced teachers whom are also legal professionals for those preparing to take the LNAT exam and those seeking to learn more about Law. If you are preparing for, or considering taking the LNAT, our tutors can help familiarise you with the structure of the exam and offer tips and techniques to improve your performance. We tailor 1-1 LNAT courses and provide all course materials. We also offer private tuition for younger students with a budding interest in the Law and those seeking professional qualifications such as the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), LPC (Legal Practice Course) and BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) for prospective solicitors and barristers. Currently ten institutions require the LNAT as part of their application and selection procedure for Undergraduate Law Degrees. These are as follows:

 

If you’d like arrange private lessons or have any questions about our tuition services please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form

The US version on the LNAT test is known as the Law School Admission Test LSAT and practice papers can be found here http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat/

 

LNAT Resources:

https://lnat.ac.uk/what-is-lnat/

https://lnat.ac.uk/how-to-prepare/practice-test/

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/guide/admissions-tests/lnat

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/after-you-apply/interviews/lnat/

https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/law-national-aptitude-test-lnat/

https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/law/

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/law

https://www.soas.ac.uk/law/

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/

 

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