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This page will guide you through Section A of the LNAT, which forms the first part of the exam. Your LNAT score is based entirely on this section of the exam, so it’s imperative you prepare well for it.

What is LNAT Section A?

This section is comprised  of 42 multiple choice questions, which are based on 12 argumentative passages, with 3 or 4 multiple choice questions on each. You will be given 95 minutes to answer all of the questions.

This part of the exam is designed to test whether you:

  • Have the necessary verbal reasoning and logical skills needed to study law
  • Are able to read between the lines, as you’ll be required to think creatively in order to answer the questions.

How is Section A Scored?

Section A of the LNAT makes up 100% of your final score, where students are given a mark out of 42.

There is no pass or fail mark with the LNAT and universities will take this score into account when reviewing your application, alongside your personal statement, A Level results and your performance at interview.

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Types of LNAT Multiple Choice Questions

LNAT multiple choice questions are not uniform in their styles and the answers are rarely obvious. The questions can take on two main forms:

  • Argument and analysis
  • Literary style questions

These test different skills, so you must ensure you’re familiar with the different types before taking the test. Read on to find more about the different styles.

Argument and Analysis Style LNAT Questions

Argument and analysis-style questions are ones which go straight to the overarching argument of the passage you have been given. For example, you may be asked to ascertain “the main reason” the author gave for their argument in the passage.

This implies there was more than one reason given and you must accurately decipher which one was the most significant.

Another way these questions could be asked is by asking “which of five propositions is correct?“. The important thing to remember when answering these questions is that often all five given answers are correct. In these cases, you must use your skills of judgement, induction and deduction to conclude which proposition or reason is most correct in the context of the passage.

Often one of the best strategies for these questions is to use a process of elimination, this will allow you to swiftly eliminate the wrong answers and progress to the right one. Closely reading the passage will help you do this as the right answer will always stem from there.

Literary Style LNAT Questions

Literary style LNAT questions are ones which ask about the words used in the passage and how to interpret their meanings. Example questions would be “What is the closest definition to the word ‘x’?” or “What is the most appropriate synonym to replace the word ‘x’ in this context?”.

Again, the best way to answer these questions is to use the text. It is more important than anything else when faced with these questions to put your own knowledge to the side. This is because your opinion on how something is defined may not be reflected in meaning expressed in the passage.

It is a good idea to employ a process of elimination here to ensure you pick the answer which is most correct in the context given.

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How to Prepare for the LNAT Multiple Choice Questions

The LNAT website suggests you prepare by reading quality newspapers and thinking about the content from a critical perspective. This will give you the upper hand when tackling the questions.

We also have our very own free LNAT question bank, to put what you’ve learnt from our guide to use as well as some top tips below.

LNAT Questions Tip 1: Practise Logical Inference

  • Practice logical inference. You must only use the information provided in the passages to answer the questions. Outside knowledge should not sway you in any way, so only go off the information in the question.

LNAT Questions Tip 2: Identify Keywords & Use Targeted Reading

  • Do not read the entire passage before tackling the questions, but pick out key words from the question. Read the text with the keywords in mind and cross-reference against the question and answer options. This is a method called targeted reading and it will help you get to the correct answer in the most efficient way.

LNAT Questions Tip 3: Use the Process of Elimination

  • If you’re still unsure after identifying the keywords, you can use the good old fashioned process of elimination method to find the correct answers, by discounting clearly wrong answers.

LNAT Questions Tip 4: Look for the Bridging Phrases

  • A common trick for writers of the exam is to place two ideas in close proximity and try to make you assume a link between them. The best way to tackle this is to look out for phrases like ‘because of’, ‘due to’ or ‘as a result of’, to establish a nexus between the two statements. 
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