National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

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Used for:Entry to Law

Used by:
University of Birmingham (B32) course codes M100, M1N1, MR11, MR12
University of Bristol (B78) course codes M100, MR11, MR12
University of Cambridge (C05) course code M100, M120 - also see additional notes for University of Cambridge applicants on the LNAT website
University of Durham (D86) course code M101
University of Exeter (E84) course codes M103, M105, M120 and M124
University of Glasgow (G28) course codes M114, M1R7, M1R1, M121, M1R2, M122, M1R3, M1M9, M1RR, M1R4, M123, MN11, MN12, MV13, ML11, MQ13, MQ15, ML17, MV11, MV15, ML12, MR17
King's College London (K60) course codes M100, M121, M122
University of Nottingham (N84) course codes M100, M1R1, M1R2
University of Oxford (O33) course codes M100, M190, M191, M192, M193, M194
University College, London (U80) course codes M100, M101, M102, M141, M142, M143, M144, M146
Entry method: Via LNAT website
Entry deadline: Registration opens 1 August 2008
Last registration for Oxford and Cambridge: 15 October 2008
Last registration for on time applications for other universities: 15 January 2009
Last registration for late applications: 25 June 2009
Test fee: For UK and EU centres £40.00. For centres outside EU £60.00
Test date:Is booked during registration
Duration of test:2 hours
Other information: See the LNAT website
All candidates will sit the test at a computer terminal monitored at a test centre.

What is the National Admissions Test for Law?

The National Admissions Test for Law, or LNAT, is a test run by a consortium of UK universities (LNAT Consortium Ltd) in partnership with Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson Education. The test helps universities to make fairer choices among the many highly-qualified applicants who want to join their undergraduate law programmes.

The test is professionally written and calibrated by Edexcel for Pearson VUE. More

The test's format and level are kept under review and its impact is closely monitored. LNAT Consortium Ltd is committed to widening participation in higher education and regards the LNAT as a possible aid to identifying untapped academic potential appropriate to degree-level legal education. Different participating universities may use the results of the LNAT in different ways and to different extents, but all regard the LNAT as just one element in a well-rounded admissions system. School-level qualifications, such as A-levels and their global equivalents, remain central to the selection process.

What kind of test is it?

The LNAT is a two-hour test in two parts: a multiple-choice element (80 minutes) and an essay element (40 minutes).

The multiple-choice element consists of 10 argumentative passages, with 3 multiple-choice questions on each, making 30 questions in all. The questions are designed to test powers of comprehension, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, induction, and deduction. These are the verbal reasoning skills at the heart of legal education. The questions do not test (and do not require) knowledge of any subject except for the English language. This part of the test is machine-marked and the results are passed in numerical form to (only) those LNAT-participating universities to which the candidate has applied. Candidates will receive their marks after the admissions process is over.

The essay element gives the candidate a choice of questions on a range of subjects. Although these typically require some rudimentary knowledge of everyday subjects, the point is not to test that knowledge. 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 not centrally assessed. Instead the essays are passed unmarked to (only) those LNAT-participating law schools to which the candidate has applied. The essays will be used by each university in the way that best suits its own admissions system.

The whole test is conducted on-screen. Because some candidates might otherwise benefit from better keyboard skills, and to encourage more economical writing, we have some guidelines about essay length. We suggest that the essay should ideally be between 600 and 700 words. More

When and where do I sit the test? / How do I register?

In order to take the LNAT, you must first register online using the secure Pearson VUE registration server (for exceptions see below). Have a look at our step-by-step registration guide 

You create a registration profile and book a test appointment (or 'slot') online through the Pearson VUE registration system (see below for exceptions). Follow this link to register, sign in, book a test, or update your profile 

You may reschedule your test sitting without charge at any time up to 12 noon (UK time) on the second working day before your existing slot. (A working day is Monday to Friday excluding English Bank Holidays.) However you should take careful note of any testing deadlines imposed by particular LNAT-participating universities. Do not leave the booking of a test slot until the last minute. Plan well ahead to ensure that a slot will be available at your chosen test centre before the relevant deadline. Neither LNAT Consortium nor Pearson VUE takes responsibility for the consequences of untimely registration. More about deadlines 

When booking a test slot, you will be informed of the available slots for your chosen test centre. Central test centres in major UK cities are likely to be much busier than other locations. So if you are a city dweller and want to take the exam sooner (or you want to have a bigger choice of slots) you should identify alternative test centres in your area, and look for slots there. More about test centres 

Payment of the test fee is required at the time of booking your test slot. If you leave the online test-booking process without paying, your booking will not be stored and you will have to begin again. Payment is by major credit card (Visa, MC, Amex, JCB), by Visa debit card, or by LNAT e-voucher. More about fees and payment 

Registration and test-booking may be undertaken by teachers or parents on behalf of candidates, so long as the candidate gives his or her consent. However it remains the responsibility of each individual candidate to ensure that he or she is correctly registered and booked for the LNAT. More info for schools and colleges 

Cases where online registration may not apply ...

If you think you may be entitled to sit a version of the test with extended time (e.g. for dyslexia), or if you think you may need a distinctive testing environment (e.g. connected with your mobility or your sight), or if you think the registration system itself may not meet your physical needs ... please do not register online until you have read more about examination access requirements 

Please read this page if you want to sit the LNAT at a test centre in India or Pakistan

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