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What is the LNAT?

What is the LNAT?

What is the LNAT?

Getting into the world of Law is one of the most difficult things you can do. Universities have a fairly good rate for getting people into Law and providing knowledge for people looking to take up a role in the world of Law or want to become a Judge, a Lawyer or a Paralegal. One of the many hoops that students have to jump through to work in the legal industry is the LNAT Exam and we’ve got a useful guide here which tells you everything you need to know about the LNAT Exam and how it works.

What is the LNAT?

The LNAT (The Law National Aptitude Test) is an aptitude test which universities ask students to sit prior to application, to see if they are suitable to study a Law degree at their university.

Many students who apply to study Law at university may not already have any formal qualifications in this area and may not have any experience with a course this demanding, so the university will ask you to study this as a way of seeing if you’re good enough to come to their university.

What if I fail the LNAT?

You can’t fail the LNAT. You achieve a certain number of points and the university makes their decision from there. The results of your LNAT are then combined with your university personal statement and then the university makes a decision to take you on from there, so best get studying as soon as possible!

What universities will require me to sit the LNAT?

There are a few universities who will ask you to sit the LNAT. Some may ask you to if applications are high, but not all of them will ask for the LNAT as a matter of principle.

The universities that require an LNAT are:

Notice a pattern here? All but one of these universities are Russell Group Universities and also universities that specialise in this area as well.

As we said, some other universities may ask you to sit the LNAT pre-application, but this is will be done at the university’s discretion.

What will I cover in the LNAT?

It’s not a Law exam or an exam that tests your understanding of Law necessarily, it’s more or less an exam that tests your skills and the way your mind works.

First, the LNAT will test your skills in:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Processing of information
  • Deductive reasoning

These skills will be tested in seven different subject categories, which are:

  • Ethics
  • Education
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Politics
  • Law

You won’t need to study for this exam (don’t get used to that!), but having at least a broad understanding of current events and a general understanding of your subject will obviously help you out immensely.

How long is the LNAT?

The LNAT is split into two parts.

One is multiple choice which gives you forty-two questions based on twelve dilemmas. The multiple choice section takes ninety-five minutes and is the main section used to work out your LNAT score. You’ll need to be able to understand arguments and to source any material that is relevant to your arguments and answers.

The second part is essay-based, which will take forty minutes to answer. This section tests your ability to structure arguments and to bring balance to the argument you’re making as well.

LNAT - Lawyer in court

When is the LNAT?

The exam is sat in the academic year that you’re applying to. For example, if you are applying for next September, the curse will need to be sat before next January, when universities generally start taking applications).
You can register for the exam when the registration opens in August. Exams start from September, but it all depends on when you’re scheduled to take it.

You can sit the LNAT before or after sending off your UCAS Application, the choice really is up to you!

Do I take the LNAT at my school?

No. The LNAT is taken at a testing centre of your choosing. The LNAT can be taken in five hundred test centres, and one hundred and fifty of them are in the UK anyway, so you’ll have your choice of where to sit them.

How do I arrange for me to sit the LNAT?

The LNAT must be booked first.

The test itself is run by a company called Pearson VUE, who provide all sorts of qualifications for specific vocations. You or your parent or guardian will need to book the test on their website. The process is unbelievably straightforward and only requires you to sign up and then pay for and book your test.

Do I need a UCAS Number to book the LNAT?

It isn’t a requirement, but it is useful if you have one, of course, otherwise your university won’t be able to see that you’ve taken it!

How do I book the LNAT if I have specific exam requirements?

If you have any special requirements when sitting an exam, then it is not advisable to book the test online. The best thing to do is to register for the LNAT and then complete an EAR form (Examination Access Requirements). After this, it is best to supply any doctor’s evidence of any special requirements that you require to the EAR.

LNAT will then call you to confirm your booking.

How much does it cost to sit the LNAT?

This all depends on whereabouts you actually study it.

For those taking the LNAT in a UK or an EU-based test centre will have to pay £50. For those outside of the EU, it will cost £70.

There are a number of grants, bursaries and scholarships that you can qualify for at university, and it’s no different for those that are studying the LNAT either. The LNAT offers an LNAT bursary that will cover the cost of the exam. Those looking to claim an LNAT bursary will need to have this confirmed before booking, however.

What are the important dates for the LNAT?

There are a few dates that you may want to keep an eye on and add them to the calendar as quickly as you can.

  • LNAT registration: 1st August
  • LNAT testing begins: 1st September
  • Deadline for booking LNAT for Oxbridge applicants: 20th October
  • Deadline for sitting the LNAT for Oxbridge students: 20th October
  • Deadline for sitting the LNAT for other universities: 20th January

So that is the LNAT for you!

Don’t worry, it may seem overwhelming at first, but the LNAT is one of the exams that you’ll be able to prepare for by just using your own abilities and your own knowledge of current affairs and argument structure.

It’s obviously advisable that you do some revision beforehand, but make sure you test your essay writing skills as well.


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