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About LNATThe LNAT, short for the National Admissions Test for Law, a computer-based testing programme offered by Pearson Education.

The LNAT is the entrance examination run by an association of several UK-based universities to select undergraduate students for their law degree programme.

The National Admissions Test for Law (or LNAT) was therefore developed to help university admissions tutors learn more about individual candidates and their aptitude for studying law.

It does this by assessing a candidate’s intellectual abilities, rather than their knowledge of particular subjects including law, measuring their abilities in critical reasoning, comprehension and command of written English.

Members of the company, who also nominate its board of directors, are seven of the Universities that use the LNAT as part of their law admissions process. They are the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Nottingham and Oxford, together with King's College London and UniversitTy College London. Other Universities have adopted the LNAT as customers of LNAT Consortium Ltd.


LNAT Structure

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LNAT StructureThe LNAT is a 2¼ hour test in two sections.

  • 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. The duration  to answer all of the questions will be 95 minutes.
  • For Section B, there should be 40 minutes to answer one of five essay questions on a range of subjects..

The LNAT is a two-part test scheduled for two hours. There is a section of multiple-choice questions lasting 80 minutes and a second section of essay-type questions which runs for 40 minutes.The section on multiple-choice consists of ten passages, each with three questions designed to gauge the reasoning skills of the student, which is a critical necessity for a legal career. 

The subjects covered in these cases are general and everyday knowledge topics; no special knowledge of law is involved. Results on this section are electronically assessed and passed on to participating universities.



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