The LNAT Test

LNAT is a computer-based test, which is part of the application process for studying law at undergraduate level. It was developed as a fair way of measuring a student’s aptitude for studying law at undergraduate level, regardless of their education or personal background. As a result, the skills that candidates need to do well in the LNAT are also the skills that they need to succeed in legal education. The LNAT does not replace A levels or their global equivalent but is used in conjunction with university requirements.

The test assesses candidates’ analytical and reasoning skills, their ability to construct a logical argument, their command of written English, inductive and deductive skills, and their comprehension and interpretation skills.

In particular, the test measures verbal reasoning skills including:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpretation
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Induction
  • Deduction

There are over 500 test centres in 165 countries around the world.

The LNAT is written and calibrated by Edexcel for Pearson VUE, the world's leading computer-based testing and assessment business.

It is a two-part test, which uses multiple choice questions based on passages of text, and an essay.

Candidates’ scores from the multiple choice section of the test are checked by computer, and a mark out of 42 is created. This is known as the LNAT score. The essay section of the test is not marked. Both the LNAT score and essay are then given directly to the participating universities. These are then used to supplement a candidate’s university application and show their aptitude for studying undergraduate law.