LNAT in a nutshell

The LNAT is an aptitude test given by students who would like to apply to university to study law. It is used by universities to assess a student’s general aptitude for the skills required to study law and therefore aids them in selecting students for their courses. There is no expectation for test-takers to have any prior knowledge about law or any other subject.

Universities use scores from the LNAT in addition to other components of a UCAS application which include academic grades and personal statement. The content of the LNAT is managed by the members of the LNAT Consortium. The test itself is administered by Pearson VUE, under contract to LNAT.

The LNAT is a two-part test. The first section is a multiple choice section with questions based on passages of text. The second section is an essay-writing section.

Section Content
Section A This is a computer-based multiple choice exam. You’ll be asked to read passages of text and answer questions that test your comprehension of them. Your scores from the multiple choice section of the test are checked by computer, and a mark out of 42 is created This is known as your LNAT score.
Section B In the second part of the test you will be asked to write one essay from a list of three proposed subjects. This section is not marked by the test centre and does not contribute to your LNAT score, but it is your opportunity to show your ability to construct a compelling argument and reach a conclusion.

Your results

Both your LNAT score and essay are made available to the participating universities. These are then used to supplement your university application and show your aptitude for studying undergraduate law.

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