LNAT or National Admissions Test for Law is a standardized test one needs to take to get admission to some of the top universities in the UK to study undergraduate law programs. LNAT was created in 2004, adopted by eight universities. Currently, eleven universities accept LNAT score in their admission process for law programs. The list includes:
• University of Oxford
• University of Bristol
• Durham University
• University of Glasgow
• King’s College London
• LSE London School of Economics and Political Science
• University of Nottingham
• University College London
• SUSS Singapore University of Social Sciences
• IE University, Spain
(SUSS Singapore University of Social Sciences is in Singapore and IE University is in Spain. These two institutes, along with SOAS University, are also NOT the LNAT consortium members.)
LNAT consists of two sections. One is an essay for which students get 40 minutes; three essay questions are available from which a student can pick anyone. The second section is 42 multiple-choice questions for which 95 minutes are allotted. The test lasts for a total of 135 minutes.
Note that neither the MCQs nor the essays focus on law or any other relevant subject. So, the students don’t necessarily need to have law knowledge. These questions are meant to evaluate students’ overall aptitude, including their logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension. This evaluation helps universities figure if the applicant is the right fit for the program.
The multiple-choice questions are scored out of 42. For the essay, there’s no formal grade. It is primarily used to assess students’ writing ability. There are no formal cut-off marks. There’s no such thing as a minimum requirement when it comes to LNAT score. However, that said, given we’re talking about getting admission to some of the world’s most prestigious universities, it’s important that applicants have high LNAT score. Applicants should aim for at least 27.
But, of course, that is easier said done.
Difficultly of a test could be subjective. Students with a solid academic background may be able to score well rather easily, others may struggle to secure a good score. In general, though, LNAT is considered difficult.
If you’re planning to give LNAT, it’s important that you start preparing for it months in advance. Also, instead of DIY’ing it, consider getting help from experts. Connect with an experienced overseas education consultant that offers test preparation solution. LNAT’s official website has some resources as well that you can use.
In case if you didn’t score well in your first attempt, you can take the test again. Remember though, you can take the test only once in September to June cycle. LNAT costs £50 if you’re taking the test in the UK or EU; it would cost you £75 if you’re taking it outside the UK and EU.
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