LAW NATIONAL ADMISSIONS TEST (LNAT)
The Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) was first instigated in 2004, and has since been used to assist university admissions into the UK’s leading law undergraduate degree programmes.
Our professional guide will aid you through your preparation, determine whether or not law is the right career for you, and help you fully prepare for your National Admissions for Law test (LNAT).
WHAT IS THE LAW NATIONAL ADMISSIONS TEST?
The Law National Admissions Test, more commonly known as the LNAT, is a test used by universities to filter through potential candidates prior to accepting their admission. The LNAT is also often referred to as the National Admissions Test for Law.
The LNAT ultimately aids universities (who use this form of assessment as part of their selection process), to generate equitable and fairer choices amongst the many applicants who are highly-qualified, and wish to study within legal education.
It is not a test that you can simply sit down and revise for. It is a test that requires a mature understanding of social, technological, economical and cultural differences. Specific abilities and aptitudes need to be assessed in relation to the set skills and requirements essential to pursue an academic course in law. Fundamentally, it is a test of aptitude rather than of knowledge.
LAW NATIONAL ADMISSIONS TEST – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In order to complete an LNAT test, you will not be able to revise for the test as such. Instead, you will need to be able to demonstrate a particular set of skills and particular mind-set that is required to score highly on the test.
Predominantly, the LNAT combines strategic measurements and analytical approaches to assess your ability to understand and interpret information regarding current affairs. You will need to be able to illustrate your ability to interact with the following areas;
- Historical events.
The LNAT is used by certain universities to ensure that the students that they accept on to the course are ‘able’ students who show strong levels of progression. The test ultimately provides an in-depth evaluation of candidates and hopes to determine the strong candidates from those considered incapable of handling the demanding nature in which a law course entails. The LNAT measures a particular set of skills including:
- Analytical Ability;
- Reading Skills;
- Comprehensive Understandings;
- Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Skills;
- Verbal Skills;
- Strategic Approaches.
The LNAT will last for 2 hours and 15 minutes, during which you will have two sections to complete. The first section will comprise of 42 multiple-choice questions, based on 12 comprehensive passages. For each passage, it will contain 3 to 4 questions. For this part of the assessment, you will be given 1 hour and 35 minutes to complete all 42 questions.
The second part of the LNAT is in the style of an essay-based question. You will be given a choice of 3 questions, of which you must answer one. The essay will need to be typed and submitted in an electronic format. You will have 40 minutes in which to complete the essay.
You will be required to sit the LNAT, if the chosen university you have applied for is part of the LNAT Consortium. In other words, anyone who wishes to study an undergraduate law degree will need to take the assessment if the university that they are applying for, uses the test as part of their selection process.
The LNAT is a requirement for the following universities within the UK, EU and overseas:
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Glasgow
King’s College London
The University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
SOAS University of London
University College London (UCL)
National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth
IE University (Spain)
In order to take the LNAT, you will be required to register online and fill in your application. Below, is a step-by-step guide illustrating the process of registering for the LNAT:
- Set up your online account: you will need to register an account via the following web address: www.lnat.ac.uk. You will need your UCAS identification number in order to register, however if you are registering before you are given your UCAS number, you will be able to continue with a ‘fake’ registration number which will need to be changed and updated as soon as your UCAS number arrives.
- Book your test: after you have registered an account, you will need to log on to your profile with the username and password that you provided when registering. You will then need to select the booking button, and proceed to make your confirmation. You will need to choose the LNAT venue that you wish to sit the day, and choose the date that you wish to attend the assessment.
- Making your payment: test fees are required to sit the LNAT. The cost for candidates to take the assessment is £50 for UK and EU testing centres, and £70 for a test centre outside of the EU. Details of the test centres can be found on the official LNAT website. You may be eligible for an LNAT Bursary if it is deemed that you are financially struggling. Be sure to check this out before submitting your application.
- Changing your booking: you are able to change your booking date, by rescheduling or cancelling your reservation. Tests need to be rescheduled before noon, two working days before the actual assessment if you wish to receive your payment back. Any cancellations after this time, will not receive their booking payment back.
The LNAT requires a great deal of attention in regards to reading comprehension and critically analysing information. The best preparation for a test like this, is to simply practice sample papers, testing questions and improve the key skills and qualities being assessed. Becoming familiar will undoubtedly better your overall performance. Reading quality newspapers will allow you to think critically in regards to:
- Issues being addressed;
- The assumptions being made;
- Information that is relied upon in order to reach a conclusion;
- The position of the author;
- What the main argument is;
- Thinking of counter-arguments to challenge the argument.
Listed below are some of the newspapers that are worth reading:
|The Economist||The Financial Times||The Guardian|
|The Independent||The NY Times||The Times|
|The Daily Telegraph||The Washington Post||The Irish Times|
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