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What Is LNAT?


LNAT, or the Law National Aptitude Test, is an exam used by numerous law schools in the United Kingdom as an admissions requirement. It tests several skills that are essential to succeed in law. Your selected university will use your LNAT score, along with your UCAS application, to determine whether they should offer you a place.

LNAT is designed to test a range of skills, including verbal reasoning, ability to understand and interpret information, inductive and deductive reasoning as well as your ability to analyse information and draw conclusions.

LNAT results are very important to English universities. And a good LNAT score is an essential component of your application. Although the exam does not test your knowledge on any particular subject, it will assess your critical reasoning skills under time pressure.


What is the structure of LNAT?

MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST – 95 minutes

The Multiple Choice Test consists of 12 text passages, each with 3 or 4 multiple choice questions (42 questions in total). This part of LNAT tests your ability to understand written text and carefully analyse and interpret the information provided. Your total score will be submitted to the universities shortly after you finish the exam.

ESSAY WRITING EXERCISE – 40 minutes

The Essay Writing Exercise requires you to write an essay on one of three suggested topics. It tests your ability to construct a logical, well-reasoned and persuasive argument, as well as your ability to draw conclusions. There is no official marking scheme – each university can read and assess the essays as they see fit.

Skills Tested

Verbal reasoning skills

Verbal reasoning skills allow you to comprehend and analyse concepts and ideas expressed through words. In order to succeed in LNAT you will have to demonstrate those by being able to extract the meaning from complex and informative texts.

Inductive/deductive reasoning

Inductive reasoning is the process of making generalisations on the basis of small observations, whereas deductive reasoning is the process of predicting what the observations will be on the basis of a general theory/statement. The LNAT requires you to skilfully and interchangeably apply both types of reasoning.

Information interpretation

This skill allows you to read a passage with full comprehension of the information provided. It is important not to over-interpret what is written (by reading more into it than what the author actually says), and not to omit any important words - which may slightly alter the meaning of the whole passage. This can be particularly difficult when you have a limited amount of time.

Information Analysis

You are able to analyse information when you can disseminate its meaning, assess its relevance and provide counteracting arguments. Being able to break down a complex argument into smaller parts allows you to carefully analyse each of them and easily spot any logical fallacies.

How To Prepare for LNAT

Practise answering LNAT questions

The best way to increase your LNAT score is to practise. By getting access to our learning platform (which closely resembles the actual examination software) you will be able to take a number of mock LNAT exams, testing and improving your abilities to react under pressure. LNAT PRACTICE platform offers you the opportunity to:

  • become familiar with the format of the Multiple Choice part of LNAT;
  • familiarise yourself with the various types of questions which commonly appear on LNAT exams;
  • better understand what is required of you and how to score a high result;
  • test your current abilities and identify areas which you need to work on; and
  • get used to completing the test within the prescribed timeframe.

Learn more about how to prepare for LNAT multiple choice questions in our FREE GUIDE

Practise Essay Writing

In order to succeed in this part of the exam you need to be able to construct a logical and persuasive argument in clear English. Try writing at least one short essay per week:

  • select a controversial socio-political topic – the less you already know about a particular issue, the better;
  • make sure to discuss both sides of the argument in the main body of your essay;
  • include a clear conclusion, weighing the arguments and providing your personal view.
  • be succinct – there are no extra points for wasting your (and reader’s) time by repeating the same arguments, adding superfluous words or elaborating a simple point which could be contained in one sentence.

Learn more about writing great LNAT essays by reading our FREE GUIDE

Prepare for LNAT every day

You can also improve your critical reasoning and analytical skills while engaging in everyday activities such as reading a newspaper. Here are a few suggestions of what you can do:

  • Regularly scan through the titles of articles in quality newspapers and try to analyse them. Is there only one way in which they could be understood? Are there any ways in which they could be misinterpreted?
  • Read at least one newspaper article on the latest developments in the world every day and analyse it. What is the author’s view on the matter? Can you form any counterarguments?
  • Study the basics of deductive and inductive reasoning. What are they? In what situations can we apply them?
  • Select one controversial topic every day and try to formulate an opinion about it. What are your arguments? Could they be easily counteracted?

Universities which require you to sit LNAT

Course codes M100, MR11, MR12, M1N1,M2L6,M240

Course codes M114, M1R7, M1R1, M121, M1R2, M112, M1R3, M1M9, M1RR, M1R4, M123, MN11, MN12, MV13, ML11, MQ13, MQ15, ML17, MV11, MV15, ML12, MR17

Course codes M100, M190, M191, M192, M193, M194

Course codes M100, MR11, MR12

Course codes LM21, M100, M121, M122, M190

Course codes M100 LLB and all other combinations including Law. M102 LLB Senior Status does not require the LNAT

Course codes M101, M102

Course codes M100, M101, M1R1, M1R2

Course codes M100, M101, M102, M141, M142, M144, M145, M146

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