About National Admissions Test for Law

LNAT was developed by a consortium of UK universities as a fair way to assess  a candidate’s potential to study Law at undergraduate level, regardless of their education or personal background. The LNAT is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than educational achievement. The skills that candidates need to do well in the LNAT are also the skills that they need to do well in legal education.

It is used alongside standard methods of selection such as A Level (or their global equivalent) results, university applications, and admissions interviews, to give a more accurate and rounded impression of the student’s abilities.

The LNAT test is comprised of two sections:

Type

Description

Duration

First section 

42 multiple choice questions

Section A consists of 42 multiple choice questions. The questions are based on 12 argumentative passages, with 3 or 4 multiple choice questions on each.

95 minutes 

Questions are based on contents of the passage provided and no specific prior knowledge is required.

Questions are designed to test powers of comprehension, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, induction, and deduction.

Second Section 

Essay writing 

Choose 1 question out of 3 provided.

40 minutes

The point is to test the ability of the candidate to argue economically to a conclusion with a good command of written English.

This part of the test is passed unmarked only to LNAT-participating law schools to which the candidate has applied.


Note:  Candidates can review their answers at any time during the 95 minutes, but cannot return to the multiple choice section once they begin
            Section B.  

Multiple Choice Questions

The MCQs are based on given passages. The passages are mostly in the form of an argument. An issue is put forth and arguments for or against the motion are discussed.

  • A basic knowledge of the English Language is essential while answering the MCQs. Students will not be tested upon any other subject.
  • MCQs are machine-marked. Their scores are then forwarded to only those LNAT-participating universities to which you have applied. Students get to know their LNAT score only after the complete admission procedure is over.

Essay

You will be given a list of topics dealing with various topics. While writing the LNAT essay, try to put forth brief, concise arguments.

  • The word-limit for the essay is 750 words. It would be good to keep the length to about 500 or 600 words.
  • The essay is not marked along with the MCQs. Rather, they are forwarded unmarked only to those LNAT-participating universities you have applied to. Individual law schools use them according to their admission process.

Results and Scoring System

  • Pearson VUE, who run the LNAT, marks candidates’ multiple choice answers by computer and a mark out of 42 is created. This is known as an LNAT score.
  • Candidates’ essays are not marked but stored by the computer for university admissions tutors to read.
  • Following completion of the test, Pearson VUE will supply the candidate’s LNAT score and essay directly to those LNAT-participating universities which the candidate chooses (ticks) when registering for the LNAT. 
  • The universities get the results in good time for their applications process and before the results are sent to the candidates.
  • Each university’s admissions tutors will then refer to the candidates’ score as part of their application.
  • The candidate’s LNAT score and the essays will be used by each university in the way that best suits its own admissions system.
  • The LNAT does not replace A levels or their global equivalent but is used in conjunction with formal qualifications, the information on the UCAS or other application form, the candidate’s personal statement and, in some cases, performance at interview.
  • There is no fixed weight to either A level results (or their global equivalents) or the LNAT and different LNAT-participating universities will utilise the LNAT in different ways.
  • The use of LNAT essays varies and is dependent on each participating university’s admissions policy. Some universities may use it, for example, as the basis for interview questions. Others may compare it with the personal statement and school/college report on UCAS forms, or use it as a means of distinguishing between borderline candidates.
  • LNAT results are emailed to candidates twice a year, with test dates determining the results date.
Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Online
Conducting Authority
Pearson VUE

Test Format

135 Min

Duration of Test

1

Frequency per year

0 - 42

Score Range

1 Year

Test Score Validity

Eligibility

If the student has completed their GCSE examination (or its equivalent) or A-levels, or are in the process of completion, they can apply for LNAT. It is advisable that they fill in their UCAS form before they apply for LNAT.

NOTE: For instance, if a student submits his/her UCAS application this year, it is a mandate to appear for LNAT in the same year.

Retaking LNAT

For admission, a student is required taking LNAT, the same year that he/she finishes class 12. The student could appear for this exam from September of the same year to June of the next year. During this period, if they attempt to give the LNAT twice, the later sitting will become invalid and only the former LNAT score will be taken into consideration.

Deadlines

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Departments for which this exam is relevant
Law

Application Process

What do students need to know before they start with the registration process?

  • Students can sit for LNAT only once per UCAS year.
  • Sitting for LNAT will cost you £50 GBP (at a UK/EU test centre) and £70 GBP (at a Test centre outside the EU)

What do they need for the registration process?

  • Basic details like Name, Date of Birth, Address, Telephone no., etc.
  • A valid email id.
  • UCAS personal identifier number.
  • A credit card (Visa, MC, Amex, JCB) or debit card (Visa only) or an LNAT e-voucher.

Prior to sitting the LNAT, all candidates must complete the two step registration process using the Pearson VUE online registration system.

Step 1: Create a web account.

  • Fill in the basic details.
  • Tick and choose the universities you want to apply to. You have to choose minimum one. It can be more than one also.
  • Choose a username for your LNAT web account.
  • At the end of Step 1, a password will be sent to your email id. Use it to log into your LNAT web account.

Step 2: Pay and Book for a test sitting.

There are seven stages while booking for a LNAT test sitting: Exam > test centre > appointment > review > payment > confirm > receipt. These are shown as tabs on top of the page while booking. You can backtrack on the tabs any time you want, provided you have not clicked on the CONFIRM button.

NOTE: You have to pay and book for a sitting at the same time. You cannot book first and pay later.

To book and pay for a test sitting, log onto link. Enter your username and password sent to you by email. Now follow these steps:

1.   Exam Tab:

  • Click on the only given option – National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).
  • Next choose English as the language option. It is the only option for you as LNAT is conducted only in English. Click ‘Next’.

2.   Test Centre Tab:

Fill in the details (Country, Address, City, and Postcode) and the system automatically generates a list of test centres. Tick on the test centre click ‘Next’.

3.   Appointment Tab:

  • Choose the date and time one wants to sit for LNAT.
  • Use the onscreen calendar to see all available appointments on a particular date, or between two dates or in a particular month.
  • Choose the available date and time. Don’t confuse between a.m. and p.m. while choosing.
  • Highlight the date and time one would like to sit for the test and click on ‘Select Appointment’.
  • The page will refresh and the chosen test centre and date and time slot is displayed on top. Click ‘Next’.

4.   Review Tab:

  • Verify the chosen test date, time and centre.
  • Verify the contact details. Edit and update them if necessary.
  • See the amount one has to pay for the test.
  • Enter the LNAT voucher code only if one is paying via an LNAT e-voucher. If one has entered an LNAT voucher code, the system automatically skips the next tab – payment.

5.   Payment Tab:

Verify the billing address and other details. Click ‘Next’.

6.   Confirm Tab:

  • Carefully read through ALL the test and payment details.
  • Tick on the ‘I have read the policies….’ option.
  • Click on ‘confirm order’.

7.   Receipt Tab:

  • Print a copy of the receipt and keep it safely.
  • Subsequently, one receives an email confirming the test application in the email id registered.

 Rescheduling policy

  • Candidates can reschedule their test without charge up to 12 noon (UK time) on the second working day before the currently scheduled date of your test. (Working days are Monday to Friday excluding English Bank Holidays.)
  • Candidates won't be able to reschedule their test after this point and have to rebook and pay for their test again.  
  • Payments are not refunded in the event that candidates decide not to sit the LNAT at all.
  • Please note that these terms and conditions also apply if using a voucher or bursary to pay for a test.

Preparation

Required Time: 6 months / 1 year


Preparation Tips

There are no facts to learn and no lessons to revise in preparation for the test. Instead you should concentrate on exercising the your memory, and on familiarising one with the test format.