Jul 14, 2022

Written By Helena Kudiabor

Can you take the LNAT online?

Jul 14, 2022

Written By Helena Kudiabor

There are eight universities in the UK which require their prospective law students to take the LNAT. The exam is conducted online, which is useful if you have bad handwriting or if you type faster than you write. Read on to find out more about the structure of the exam.

What is the LNAT?

The LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test) is used by universities to help them choose the best candidates for their undergraduate law courses, such as the LLB. To avoid giving students who have studied law previously an unfair advantage, the exam doesn’t test your knowledge of the law or legal systems.

Instead, it assesses whether you have the skills necessary to succeed in the legal field. Examples of these skills include: analytical reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving.

What does the LNAT involve?

The exam is made up of two sections: a multiple choice section and an essay section. For the multiple choice section, candidates are given 42 multiple choice questions about a series of 12 passages. You’ll have 95 minutes to read the passages and answer the questions, which aim to assess your understanding of what you’ve read.

The second section is the essay section. You’ll have 40 minutes to choose an essay question from a selection of three, plan your argument and write the essay. The questions will discuss topical issues, with past questions discussing topics like tourism, feminism and the olympics.

Can you take the LNAT online?

If you’re someone who prefers taking tests online, whether it’s because you have bad handwriting or for any other reason, you’re in luck! The LNAT is conducted entirely online, both the multiple choice and the essay section. You’ll be given a device in the testing centre to make it fair for everyone.

If you’d like to see how the test will be formatted, there’s an onscreen simulation of the test available on the official website. It’s a good idea for you to try this out a couple of times, particularly if you’ve never taken an online test before. However, if you don’t have a compatible device, there’s screenshots available on the same website.

Can I receive any accomodations when taking the test?

Yes! If you normally receive accommodations when taking tests (such as extra time or someone to read the questions to you,) you’ll need to submit an examination access form. Depending on what your diagnosis is, you’ll need to submit a letter from a professional, explaining the nature of your disability and the requirements you need as a result.

Providing your form is approved, you’ll be sent a confirmation email with instructions on how to book your test.

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How is the exam marked?

Your scores from the multiple choice section are marked by computer, and you’ll receive a mark out of 42. This score is known as your LNAT score. Your essay won’t be marked but your university will still review it.

 

If you’re nervous about completing an online assessment, try not to worry. Students often find that online assessments mean that they can write faster and don’t have to worry if their work is legible.

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