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LNAT Overview – A Free Guide to the LNAT Test

If you are considering applying for law degrees which require you to sit the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) as part of the application process, this page is a must read. The page covers what the LNAT test involves along with guidance on booking and sitting the test.

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What is LNAT Test?

The test helps certain universities to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for undergraduate law. It is an online test which is not designed to test legal knowledge. Instead it is designed to assess your general comprehension and reasoning skills, both of which are vital for the study and practice of law.

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Which University Courses Currently Require the LNAT Test?

The following UK and non-UK universities require applicants to sit the test:

UK and Non-UK LNAT Universities
University of Bristol
Durham University
University of Glasgow
Kings College London (KCL)
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
SOAS University of London
UCL Faculty of Laws
National University of Ireland Maynooth
IE University

What Does the LNAT Test Involve?

The test is split into two parts:

1) Multiple Choice Questions (95 mins)

This part is designed to test comprehension. You must read and digest 12 passages of text and answer three to four multiple choice questions on each passage. Your MCQ score forms the basis of your score. The official LNAT website houses a simulator which enables you to practise. Practising online MCQs will give you a flavour of what to expect in the real exam and enable you to practise the techniques you need to employ to score highly.

2) Essay Based Question (40 mins)

This part of the test is not linked to your overall score. You are required to pick one of three debatable essay topics. You must then formulate an intellectually reasoned, convincing, balanced and conclusive argument around your chosen topic. You can find sample essay questions here.

How is Your LNAT Test Score Used?

Your score and essay are considered by the university in conjunction with your A-Level (or equivalent) results and your UCAS application. Some universities also use results to differentiate between borderline students or less commonly as a talking point at interview. Either way, your score and essay help universities to determine whether you possess the skills necessary to study law.

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When Should I Sit the LNAT Test?

Before you can sit the test, you must register on the LNAT website and book a slot at a test centre to suit you. There are test centres nationwide. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the date and centre you want.

The website provides precise details of when to register and book your test along with the associated deadlines for sitting the test. Don’t forget that timings for Oxford University are slightly different to the other universities.

For students applying to start university in September/October 2018, the timelines, according to the website, are as follows:

Oxford University Applicants:

Note: the window for submitting UCAS forms for Oxford is mid September to 15 October 2017. As you can see, the timings are fairly tight. It is therefore imperative to confirm any dates on the LNAT website and also with Oxford University and ensure you adhere to them rigidly!

ALL Other Universities

The window for submitting UCAS forms for other universities is mid September to 15 January 2018. As you can see, you have a bit of breathing space as compared with Oxford.  That being said, the same rules apply. Be sure to confirm any dates on the LNAT website and also with the university concerned and ensure you adhere to them rigidly!

How Much Does it Cost to Sit the LNAT Test?

The price of the test depends on where you are sitting it. For individuals sitting the test in the UK/EU the current fee is £50. For individuals sitting the test elsewhere, the current fee is £70.

How Can I Prepare for the LNAT Test?

Visit our page on LNAT Strategy for step-by-step guidance on how to tackle Sections A and B of the LNAT.

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