LNAT Multiple Choice Questions: Section A
Wondering how to tackle LNAT Section A? You’ve come to the right place! This page will guide you through the first section of the LNAT, featuring LNAT multiple choice questions.
This is what your score is based on, so it’s necessary to work hard and prepare for this section.
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LNAT Multiple Choice Questions: The Basics
Section A of the LNAT is a multiple choice exam. Effectively, it’s a comprehension test. There are 12 passages. Each one has three or four associated questions. There are 42 questions in total.
You have 95 minutes to tackle LNAT Section A. That’s actually quite reasonable. In the medical entry exam, the UKCAT, you only get 22 minutes to address 11 (only slightly shorter) passages.
The LNAT website itself says:
|"Unlike some multiple-choice tests, the LNAT does not put great emphasis on speed. We have designed it so that you have a reasonable amount of time to work through all the questions patiently."
So, you have time. It’s all about how you use it.
The LNAT website suggests you prepare by reading quality newspapers and thinking about the content from a critical perspective. No doubt this will help, so we suggest you start by taking a look at our blogs, which are packed full of recent legal developments.
But when you get in the exam, you really need a clear strategy which you can follow, step-by-step. This will help you to achieve a really good LNAT verbal reasoning score.
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LNAT Multiple Choice Questions Tips and Top Tactics
When it comes to any verbal reasoning test of this sort, the key is to restrict yourself to what is stated in the passage. As the LNAT website says:
‘Don’t ever rely on what you know from other sources in answering the multiple choice questions. They are always questions about the passage itself. If it contains falsehoods, never mind – treat them as true for the purpose of the test.’
It sounds simple. But you must ensure you are coming to conclusions based solely on the information given in the passage. Inference and outside knowledge should not sway you in any way.
Key Words & Targeted Reading
We would suggest that you do not read the entire passage before tackling the questions. This tends to be quite inefficient. It’s a bit like rummaging through an attic without knowing what you’re looking for.
A better tactic is to go straight to the first question and pick out what we call the key words. These are words in the question – or sometimes the answer options – that stand out and are as specific as possible to that question.
You can then skim the passage looking for the key word. Reading immediately around this key word – using what we call targeted reading – and cross referencing against the question and answer options, you should be able to get to the correct solution in the most direct way.
Work your way down the answer options and take the following strategy:
- Start by immediately discounting obviously wrong ones;
- If you get to one which is clearly right, select that and move on;
- If you discount all but one, select the one that remains;
- If you get down to two and are unsure, go with your gut, flag the question and move on.
This use of key words and targeted reading should form the bedrock of your LNAT strategy.
A common trick in verbal reasoning tests like the LNAT is to exploit confusion between causality and coincidence. That is, they will place two things in close proximity and try to get you to assume a link between them.
For example, the LNAT passage might say:
|"Mark Zuckerberg is a world class developer. His tech company, Facebook, is now worth many billions of dollars."
Then it may ask about causes of Facebook’s valuation in the billions of dollars, presenting as one option: “Mark Zuckerberg’s world class developing skills.”
It is incorrect – based on the excerpt – to claim that Mark Zuckerberg’s world class developing skills were a cause of Facebook’s valuation in the billions of dollars. We simply know that Zuckerberg had these skills and that Facebook is worth billions of dollars.
In other words, the positioning of these two facts beside each other does not prove that they are linked. Causation and consequence can only be established when there is a bridging phrase, like ‘because of’, or ‘due to’ or ‘as a result of’.
Had the passage said the following, then causation would have been clear:
|"Mark Zuckerberg is a world class developer. And his tech company, Facebook, is now worth many billions of dollars because of this."
So, when causation or consequence come up, always look for the bridging phrase.
Pick the Low Hanging Fruit
All LNAT questions are equal, but some are more equal than others.
What do we mean by this? Well, though all LNAT multiple choice questions are only worth one mark, some are harder than others. So, you don’t want to get stuck on one really hard question and miss out on lots of much easier marks later on in the test.
If a question is really bugging you and you just can’t work it out, discount clearly wrong answers. You should be able to get down to two options in most cases.
Then… guess! Go with your gut and flag it. You can go back to it at the end of the test if you have time.
Remember, there’s no negative marking in the LNAT, so no question should be left blank. And since the time constraints aren’t too harsh, you may well have time to revisit the question later.
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