To prepare for the LNAT you should start by familiarising yourself with the test. Take a look at our LNAT guide to make sure you know what is being assessed, what is expected of you, and how you’ll be scored.
Once you understand the test, it’s time to learn LNAT strategies. The best way to learn these is through LNAT workshops or a self-paced online LNAT course.
When you have a good understanding of the strategy, it’s time to put your LNAT prep into practice. You can start by using our free LNAT practice test questions.
This is a great resource to help familiarise you with the format of the test and to get an idea of the type of LNAT multiple-choice questions and LNAT essay questions you might have to answer.
If you find yourself struggling, you should consider working with a specialist LNAT Tutor to focus on any areas you’re unsure of, or just for additional support navigating the material.
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Remember, because Section A of the LNAT is multiple choice, the answer is in front of you. The skill is accurately deciphering what the question is asking you, identifying the relevant areas of text, and then choosing the most accurate statement.
Managing your time in Section A is incredibly important, so you’ll need to learn how to use your time strategically. You can do this by timing yourself when you work through practice questions, and by making sure you understand test strategies. Remember, you can always flag a question if you’re finding it’s taking up too much of your time and come back to it at the end.
It’s always a good idea in any test to plan in some time to check your answers and, as this test is 95 minutes, 10-15 minutes is a good amount of time to set aside for this.
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You’ll get to choose one of three questions to answer for the LNAT essay. You only have the suggested maximum 750 words and 40 minutes to do this, so your strategy is very important.
Give yourself a time limit of 10 – 15 minutes to draw a brief outline of your arguments. If you are finding it challenging to come up with a structured argument at this stage, you won’t have lost too much time if you need to switch to another topic.
Spend the remaining 25 – 30 minutes writing your answer clearly, in a well-structured and organised way. It’s good to try and stick to your original outline as much as possible.
When you’re writing your essay, try and make your argument stand out by considering a unique standpoint on the topic, as well as any more nuanced evidence that could support your answer.
Stick to your initial framework as much as possible to help avoid the risk of going off on a tangent that isn’t supported by any evidence. If you stray from your plan, you run the risk of using your opinions to make your argument, rather than making clear, evidence-based points.
Practise writing 750 words under timed conditions. You can use practice papers to build your speed.
Use all the LNAT resources available to you on our website. Make the most of our free LNAT question bank to practise these skills as much as you possibly can before the law admissions assessment.
Effective LNAT preparation means practising until you feel confident and then, yes, you guessed it – practising some more! That’s the only way to be sure you have the skills for success in the LNAT.
Some students seek extra LNAT help by booking themselves onto a course or workshop. At the Lawyer Portal, we run half-day workshops in London which are led by experts in verbal reasoning aptitude tests.
We also offer an online course with plenty of online resources to help you boost your score.
Many of the skills discussed above are linguistic skills. Therefore, reading is a surefire way of jettisoning yourself to success.
Reading allows you to be critical, to pinpoint arguments, analyse and even build your vocabulary which in turn broadens the scope of your skill set and builds your confidence for the LNAT.
Reading some opinion and comment newspaper or journal articles in particular will benefit you greatly when it comes to the essay part of the LNAT exam.
Good Newspapers to Read for LNAT Preparation:
As well as online practice and courses, you can invest in some LNAT books to help you with mastering the LNAT. Below is a list of some of the most popular LNAT books currently on the market in the UK which will help you with your LNAT preparation.
|LNAT Book||Author/s||Price (approximate)|
|The Ultimate LNAT Collection||William Antony and Dr Rohan Agarwal||£29.99|
|Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law||Mark Shepherd||£36.99|
|Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): Essay Questions and Answers||How2become||£9.99|
|Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): Multiple Choice Questions and Answers||How2become||£9.99|
|LNAT Practice Papers Volume One||Aiden Ang, Dr Rohan Agarwal, et al||£9.99|
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