On first glance, LNAT preparation may seem like trying to solve a rubix cube. However, don’t panic! The LNAT is by no means impossible to prepare for – it’s possible to feel confident walking into the test centre. Here is some general guidance which will help you do the best you can.
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This might seem like the obvious tip but what many students don’t realise is that there is more than one way to start your LNAT preparation.
First, use the resources available on the LNAT website. Download the simulator. This is invaluable and will provide you with an exact simulation of the way your screen will look during the real test. Few students will have experience of taking exams online, so getting used to on-screen reading and typing your essay responses will help you greatly.
Secondly, use the examples provided on the website to familiarise yourself with the type of content you will be faced with.
Thirdly, practice the test exactly the way you will sit it on the day. This will give you a feel for how long it takes to answer each part of the test.
Any simple Google search on the LNAT will give you this advice, but it’s one of the best ways to start your LNAT preparation. Read a quality newspaper as often as you possibly can. Online versions are just as helpful as physical copies so this will cost you nothing.
While knowledge of current affairs won’t be tested in the LNAT, reading newspapers will help facilitate the thought process required to undertake both parts of the test.
For the multiple choice questions, reading articles helps you to establish how the author draws conclusions and how they use different linguistic devices to make their points.
For the essay, reading articles allows you to pay attention to the argument that the author makes, how they acknowledge but reject possible counter arguments and how persuasive they are in this. Moreover, your writing style will also improve by becoming familiar with good journalism.
There are benefits in obtaining help from family, friends and teachers in practising the skills required for the LNAT. For example, for the MCQs it can be helpful to ask your teachers to help you find suitable complex materials to read which may be comparable to the type of extracts given in Part A.
For the essay, family, friends and teachers are useful tools in creating unseen essay questions to help you practice planning and writing answers to questions on topics with which you are unfamiliar.
It is important to make the experience itself as stress free as possible. As with any exam, you are going to experience nerves and this is completely normal. My best advice is to do whatever you can to make yourself comfortable, focused and motivated during the assessment.
Have a good night’s sleep: staying up past midnight practising is really going to take more away from your performance than it will add. Eat something in the morning; your brain needs fuel to exercise the skills you have been practising. Arrive at the test centre early and equipped. Finally, take a deep breath – you have done all you can do now to be in the best position for success.
Words: Alicia Gibson
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