Jul 14, 2022

Written By Helena Kudiabor

How much does LNAT cost?

Jul 14, 2022

Written By Helena Kudiabor

If you’re interested in completing an undergraduate law degree, you might have to complete the LNAT. In this article, you’ll learn about the format of the exam, how much it costs, and the support available for those who cannot afford the fee.

What is the LNAT?

The LNAT is the Law National Aptitude Test, and is a way for universities to assess whether you have the skills necessary to succeed in law. The test doesn’t assess your knowledge of the law, to avoid giving students who have studied law an unfair advantage. Skills the test assesses include: critical thinking, interpreting information and drawing conclusions.

What is the format of the LNAT?

The LNAT is divided into two sections. The first section consists of 42 multiple choice questions, divided into 12 subsections. Candidates have 95 minutes to read a selection of passages and ask a set of comprehension questions. Questions will ask you to state what the author’s main argument is, and the definitions of the words used in context.

The second section asks you to write an essay. You’ll have 40 minutes to plan and write the essay, and there will be a list of five questions for you to choose from. Questions centre around current affairs issues such as public funding of the arts, the olympics and terrorism.

How much does the exam cost?

The costs vary depending on where you are taking the test. If you’re taking the test at a test centre in the UK or EU, you’ll need to pay £75. However, if you’re taking the test outside the EU or the UK, you’ll need to pay £120.

How can I pay for the exam?

The test fee is paid online at the time of booking. You can use any major credit or debit card to pay. The fee is charged in GBP (pounds sterling,) meaning that you may need to pay your bank's foreign transaction fees if you have a non-UK card.

If you live in one of these countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania or Uganda, you won’t be able to pay for your test via credit or debit card. Instead, you’ll need to pay using an LNAT voucher. Candidates will be able to send a cheque, make a bank transfer or use cash, and will receive an electronic voucher. You’ll then be able to enter the voucher number when you register.

It can take a week to process a voucher application, so you should keep this in mind when deciding when to book.

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Is there support available for candidates who cannot afford the fees?

The LNAT bursary scheme is available for candidates located in the UK or EU. You’ll be eligible to have your test fee waived if you receive certain state benefits, such as free school meals or the 16-19 bursary.

Candidates must apply for a bursary before they book their LNAT, and you must remember that it can take up to ten days for your application to be processed.

Will I be charged if I reschedule my exam?

As long as you reschedule your test before 12 midday (UK time) on the second working day before your test is scheduled, you’ll be able to receive a refund. If not, you’ll need to rebook and pay for your test again.

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