It’s important to get a good understanding of how LNAT scores work, and get a sense of previous LNAT results, before you begin preparing for the LNAT. Our top tips and LNAT packages will make sure you’re ready to sit your test and achieve the scores you want.

How Does LNAT Scoring Work?

There are two parts to the LNAT exam, but only Section A (MCQ) is scored

Section B assesses your essay writing abilities and, while it isn’t marked by the assessment centre, it will be shared with the universities you’ve applied for. Different LNAT universities take different approaches to how they review the essay, so this is quite a subjective portion of your application.

As a result, it’s important to make sure you have done enough preparation to respond to the best of your ability, such as with our LNAT workshop.

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Average LNAT Scores

The average score for the 2020/21 academic year was 20.8 out of 42 – that’s 49.5%; that’s lower than the average for the previous couple of years.

See the average scores for previous years below:

YearAverage LNAT ScorePercentage
2006/20078/3026.6
2008/200916.7/3055.6
2010/201117.7/4242.1
2012/201321.3/4250.7
2013/201421.1/4250.2
2014/201522.3/4253.1
2015/201622.9/4254.5
2016/201717.9/4242.6
2017/201819.9/4247.4
2018/201923/4254.8
2019/202021.5/4251.2
2020/202120.8/4249.5

How Hard is the LNAT?

It’s tricky to define how difficult the LNAT is – but it’s certainly not easy.

A good LNAT score changes depending on average results for the year. As there is no official pass score, LNAT results are assessed by universities holistically.

Ideally, you should focus on trying to achieve a result that is above the national average and in line with the average score achieved by previous candidates for your university/universities of choice.

With results varying between the different LNAT universities, a good score for Oxford University is generally different to a good score for the University of Nottingham.  For example, Oxford’s LNAT data for 2021/2022 reveals that the average score for candidates accepted onto an applicable Law course was 28.25. 

Generally speaking, if you received a score of 27 or above, you’d be likely to exceed the average for successful applicants to the LNAT universities. However, a good score is not a guarantee that you will be admitted into your chosen university.

That’s because a good score can put you ahead of other candidates, but your results will be viewed in the context of your wider application. It’s important to also put effort into other parts of the admissions process, such as submitting a strong personal statement

The average scores for successful applicants applying to UK LNAT universities in 2021/22 are:

UniversityAverage Score for Successful Applicants
University of Oxford28.25
University of Cambridge28.25
University of Bristol25
University College London (UCL)28
London School of Economics (LSE)29
King's College London26
University of Glasgow23
University of Durham29
University of Nottingham 25
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)25

What is a Low Score?

A low score could either be considered below average, which was 20 or less in 2021. However, if you score significantly below the average score of successful applicants to your chosen LNAT universities, then that may be considered a low score by the university. 

If your result is slightly lower than expected, it’s useful to know that the lowest score of those offered a place at Oxford was 16, but it’s worth remembering this is an exception and not the rule!

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When Do I Get My LNAT Results?

LNAT results are released in two batches:

  1. If you take the test on or before 26 January, you’ll get your results by mid-February. 
  2. If you take the exam after 26 January, you’ll get your results by mid-August. 

This means that you won’t know your score when you apply to your shortlisted universities. 

How Long Are LNAT Scores Valid?

Your score is only valid in the year that you took the exam. LNAT results are not carried over from one year to the next, so, if you’re reapplying to LNAT universities, you will have to book and pay for another test through the Pearson VUE website and then take the test again.

How Can I Use My LNAT Result?

Since you don’t know what your LNAT result will be before you submit your UCAS application, it’s always a good idea to apply for a range of unis, including some non-LNAT unis, too. 

Make sure you understand how LNAT universities use your score. Some LNAT unis –  specifically Oxford University and University College London – place more weight on Section B of your LNAT exam. Since this isn’t marked by the test centre you don’t get a score for this, but the university will be able to read and assess it themselves. If you’re confident in your essay writing and repeatedly do well in this section, you should consider applying to these universities if you’re likely to meet their other entry requirements.

Other LNAT universities place less emphasis on the essay section – and LSE won’t review the essay and instead only takes into account your score on the multiple-choice part of the test. If you think you’ll score well in Section A, you should consider applying to the universities that place a higher emphasis on your score. 

Most universities that require the LNAT state that they consider your MCQ score and essay as a part of your overall application, including looking at your A-level results, GCSEs, personal statement and interview, where applicable.

How Can I Boost My LNAT Results?

Our detailed LNAT guide will give you al the information you need about the test itself, with updated information about the latest testing cycle, as well as practice questions so you can get used to working under timed conditions.

You can also learn strategies for success with our half-day LNAT workshop or improve your skills by taking our online LNAT course to work at your own pace.

With our LNAT one-to-one tutoring, you can take your preparation to the next level, allowing you to focus on the areas you want to work on.

 

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